December 20, 2018

O Come All Ye Literate, Joyful and Triumphant!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and over at Building Tomorrow Primary School of Kamukanga, 10-year-old Jonas just received The Best Gift. Ever.—the gift of literacy! Thanks to our reading camp at his school, Jonas has transformed from a student who once struggled to put words together to one who is able to […]

filed under: Blog,News — Amanda Grossi @ 11:21 am

December 7, 2018

Raise Your Voice!

Because we’re playing our part, 10-year-old Albert can now play his! A participant of our Teaching at the Right Level reading camp at his school, Albert just went from being unable to read stories to performing them—all in a matter of weeks. He was able to do this with the guidance of our community education […]

filed under: Blog,Other — Amanda Grossi @ 4:24 am

December 5, 2018

Of Minds and Miracles

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and while Santa is in his workshop making presents, we’re over in Uganda helping children realize the gifts they never knew they had. Through our 25-day Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) reading camps, almost 500 students in Central Uganda just had the opportunity to improve their […]

filed under: Blog,News — Amanda Grossi @ 2:12 am

September 14, 2018

From Crisis to Opportunity: Teaching at the Right Level

Just because a child is in school does not mean he or she is learning. In Uganda, where third grade students were recently asked to read a simple sentence such as “The name of the dog is Puppy” in English or Kiswahili, three-quarters did not understand what it said.[1] What’s more, these learning outcomes don’t […]

filed under: Blog,News,Other — Amanda Grossi @ 2:34 am

August 9, 2018

Making Connections at Mahani Primary School

Through their extracurricular initiatives at Mahani Primary School, Building Tomorrow Fellows Lucky Natukunda and Namata Tendo are connecting teachers and students both socially and technologically. Uganda is host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. And amongst the 1.4 million refugees within its borders are nearly 240,000 Congolese refugees fleeing mainly from the […]

filed under: Blog,News,Other — Tags: , , , — Amanda Grossi @ 1:58 pm

August 3, 2018

Linking Refugees with Learning

Through our Thriving Schools Program, Building Tomorrow is harnessing Community Education Volunteers to help Congolese refugees in Western Uganda access the infrastructural and human resources they need to succeed. Spread across the hills of Western Uganda in Kamwenge District is the Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement. Home to more than 76,000 refugees, most of the settlement’s residents […]

filed under: Blog,News,Other — Tags: , , , , — Amanda Grossi @ 6:59 am

July 6, 2018

Fellows Create Gender-Positive Ecosystems

As a winner of the World Bank #Blog4Dev contest on ending gender-based violence, Building Tomorrow Fellow Namata Tendo had the opportunity to represent Uganda at the 2018 Spring Meeting of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. In her blog, Tendo wrote about the challenges that survivors of gender-based violence in Kamwenge face […]

filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Amanda Grossi @ 8:10 am

June 29, 2018

Celebrating 100,000+ Students Served: A Note from Building Tomorrow’s Founder

This week, Building Tomorrow has been celebrating a major milestone—we now serve 101,832 students every day through our Building Tomorrow schools and the work of our Fellows. It’s hard to even wrap my head around the magnitude of this impact, but one way to put it into perspective is to think about some of the […]

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June 20, 2018

Putting Down Roots in Adjumani District

Through the construction of three new primary schools in Adjumani District, Building Tomorrow is bringing quality education closer to the refugees and host communities that need it most. Deep in the bush of northern Uganda, a horn sounds in the distance. Bopping and bumbling along a dusty road towards its source is caravan of vehicles, […]

filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , , , — Amanda Grossi @ 2:34 am

June 13, 2018

From Participation to Agency: Reimagining the Role of Youth for the Future We Want

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June 11, 2018

Fruits of Their Labor

Nestled in a farming community of Nakasongola District amongst rows of cassava, sweet potato, and maize, you will also find another resource under cultivation—children’s minds. More than 280 students sit in seven classrooms and a nursery, and if you listen closely, you can hear the school’s choir practicing its songs over the shouts of children […]

filed under: Blog,News — Tags: , , , — Amanda Grossi @ 2:53 am

June 5, 2018

Catching Drops, Catching Drop-Outs

  “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” Perhaps nowhere is this classic paradox more true than in Uganda, with its abundant precipitation falling upon a country where 61% of the people still lack access to safe water. This lack of clean water access has major implications for education, where water and sanitation-related […]

filed under: Blog,Other — Tags: , , , , — Amanda Grossi @ 12:48 am

June 1, 2018

A Call for Courage

  In this guest blog post, Building Tomorrow Fellow Henry Mulondo recounts the story of an 11-year old girl named Talindeka who is brought back to school through the relentless determination of another Fellow named Catherine Nabalende. Henry was inspired to write the story after witnessing Catherine successfully bring Talindeka, who was on the brink […]

filed under: Blog,Other — Amanda Grossi @ 2:28 am

April 21, 2018

Taking a Stand for Education

The earth gives a lot to those who inhabit it—food, water, air, and shelter. But thanks to a new initiative by Fellows Jovia Apio, Namata Tendo, and Shanim Ggombe, it is also giving communities a chance at an education. The initiative, called Treedcucate Africa, aims to empower parents in rural areas to support their children’s […]

filed under: Blog,Other — Amanda Grossi @ 1:15 pm

March 16, 2018

New Beginnings

  Tucked in the hills of Lyantonde District between rows of beans and corn and rummaging cows is the Building Tomorrow Primary School of Mutyekula. What was once a transitory space trodden by the hooves of cattle passing through looking for forage is now a hub of the community—a place of permanence feeding the young […]

filed under: Other — Amanda Grossi @ 8:23 am

March 9, 2018

Wonderwomen

  This International Women’s Day, Building Tomorrow is celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women by highlighting the individuals and initiatives who are keeping the momentum going for gender parity and empowerment. Two heroes for hope and innovators for improvement in their rural communities are Fellows Program alumnae Edna Kukundakwe and Sharon […]

filed under: Other — Amanda Grossi @ 8:33 am

March 2, 2018

Against All Odds

                                        In this guest blog post, Building Tomorrow Fellow Melvin Nasasira recounts the moving story of a 13-year-old boy named Junior who returns to school against all odds. Humanity for Good, the community-based organization that played […]

filed under: Blog — Amanda Grossi @ 3:19 am

February 23, 2018

The IT Girls

Information and communication technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in economic development, especially for developing countries that have the opportunity to leapfrog over the inefficient or environmentally harmful systems and practices that already-developed countries could or did not avoid. Whether it is improving the delivery of public and private goods and services, connecting people […]

filed under: Blog — Amanda Grossi @ 3:52 am

February 2, 2018

Power to the People: Fellows Bring Clean Energy and Environmental Literacy to Rural Uganda

In a village, a boy and his homework sit swallowed in darkness. Beside him, a kerosene lamp burns dimly. Inside of him, a desire to learn burns brightly. For two hours, he huddles next to the flame, breathing in knowledge and fumes, until he finally falls asleep. When he wakes in the morning, he rubs […]

filed under: Blog — Amanda Grossi @ 6:50 am

January 18, 2018

Hungry for Education: Fellows’ Initiative Addresses Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Rural Uganda

  Uganda’s children are hungry for education. And we mean that quite literally. While the nation abolished all tuition fees under its Universal Primary Education (UPE) Program back in 1996 to open up educational opportunities to the poor, poverty still finds its way into the educational system through the nation’s broader food insecurity challenges that […]

filed under: Blog — Amanda Grossi @ 4:05 am

January 12, 2018

Putting the Men in Menstrual Hygiene Management

It has often been said that if you educate a girl, you educate a nation. The statement is hardly disputable, as girls with at least some formal education are statistically more likely than their uneducated counterparts to marry later, have healthier families and better maternal nutrition practices, participate in the labor market and increase their […]

filed under: Blog — Amanda Grossi @ 10:08 am

December 14, 2017

‘Tis the season to empower students

When Building Tomorrow Fellow Sharon Nakyazze first came to Walukunyu Primary School, she found a high rate of absenteeism among girls, since many could not afford scholastic materials or menstrual hygiene products. Sharon realized the most sustainable solution would involve empowering girls to overcome these barriers themselves. She began by training girls to sew their […]

December 13, 2017

Banking on Uganda’s Youth

Almost 70% of children in Uganda who enroll in primary school are likely to drop out before finishing the prescribed seven years.  The causes of this exodus are complex but are inextricably linked to poverty and the fact that despite almost $302 million in annual government spending on primary education and Uganda’s place in the […]

filed under: Blog — Amanda Grossi @ 11:55 am

December 5, 2017

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Thanks to Building Tomorrow Fellow John Kimbugwe, the students of Nabigoye Primary School now have a school garden! John worked with Nabigoye teachers to create a demonstration garden, where students can learn valuable agricultural skills by planting their own crops. The food from this garden is used to supplement school lunches, providing students with a […]

November 28, 2017

Join James on #GivingTuesday

For #GivingTuesday, we’d like to celebrate the generosity of an outstanding Building Tomorrow community ambassador named James, pictured above with children he enrolled back into school. Some of these children dropped out due to a lack of parental support, while others had never attended school in the first place. James helped them by generously providing […]

September 20, 2017

Phiona Continues Her Journey

The walk to Phiona’s old school was so far she used to make most of it in the dark. And even though she left early in the morning before the sun was up, Phiona would often arrive late to class and miss lessons. When the Building Tomorrow Primary School of Kisaluwoko was built in her […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — eric @ 5:15 pm

September 19, 2017

Out-of-School Siblings

Through meetings with leaders of the Makukulu community in Uganda, BT Fellow John Kimbugwe discovered siblings Steven, Sylvia, and Margaret (pictured above) had been out-of-school for more than a year. Upon meeting with the siblings’ father, John learned that both parents were too sick to work and could not afford their children’s education. John asked […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , — eric @ 1:20 pm

August 31, 2017

Out-of-School to the Top of the Class

Just a few months ago in the rural Kinuuka community of Uganda, 10-year old Stephen was out of school. Not only was his mother unable to afford to send him to school, but she also struggled to provide for Stephen at her home. Stephen lived and worked on his neighbor’s farm in return for basic […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , — eric @ 12:19 pm

February 3, 2017

Using VSLAs to meet education needs of children

Katende Stephen and Daisy Naluwugge are two graduating fellows of the Building Tomorrow Fellows program. While conducting in home visits with parents of children in their assigned schools, it became evident that parents were struggling in providing for the educational needs of their children from lack of funds. Stephen and Daisy decided to study the […]

January 24, 2017

A Supporter’s Perspective: The Blantons

For the groundbreaking of the 50th Building Tomorrow Primary School in October, Building Tomorrow had the privilege of celebrating at the Kyambogo site with two of our generous supporters, Ben and Sandy Blanton. After a bit of reflection, Ben and Sandy (pictured above) have shared their thoughts on the trip and Building Tomorrow from the […]

April 20, 2016

Regina knows how to Build Tomorrows

Regina Ntongo, Architect in Residence (pictured above, center in blue hat) We love sharing the work Building Tomorrow is doing in Uganda: 32 schools opened for over 10,000 students and there are many more on the way. But we couldn’t Build Tomorrows without our dedicated, passionate staff. So this month, we would like to share […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , — eric @ 4:08 pm

March 23, 2016

Chief Dreamer Check-In

BT Fellow Stephen Katende Typically, my visits to see our team in the field provide ample material on which to reflect and share with you. My most recent trip was certainly no different. From the Fellows we shadowed to the existing schools we visited, the stories abound. We’re often asked what success looks like. Of […]

March 15, 2016

Meet the New BT Fellows!

Fellows Left to Right: Namisi Allan, Okello Ibrahim, Nakyazze Sharon Violet, Ssesanga Paul (back), Kukundakwe Edna, Sanyu Angella, Adikini Sharon, Murungi Herbert, Atugonza Isabel, Kimbugwe John We are thrilled to introduce our second cohort of BT Fellows! Congratulations to these 10 young change-makers who were chosen from a pool of over 200 applicants! We are […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , — eric @ 10:34 am

March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

Women outnumbered men 10-2 at a BT Primary School of Nyamirama Building Committee meeting last year Strongly committed to gender equality and the belief that education is a human and civil right, Building Tomorrow empowers women and men, and girls and boys to value education for all. Through its programs, Building Tomorrow works to address […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — eric @ 11:36 am

February 9, 2016

Chief Dreamer Check-In: Terribly late, yet all is not lost

Under the shade of three mango trees, the community of Somba sang and danced to the news of the opportunity to construct a Building Tomorrow Primary School. The stories flowed, as they so often do, of the current makeshift school’s days cut short by rains, students dodging ripened fruit in the middle of a math […]

filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , — eric @ 2:13 pm

November 17, 2015

Clearing and grading of the land donated by local community member Wasswa Adidas continues in preparation for school construction.

filed under: School Update — Tags: — eric @ 5:05 pm

October 1, 2015

Groundbreaking in Kyantamba! Members of the community, school construction committee, and BT Uganda join together for a ceremony celebrating the beginning of construction on the primary school of Kyantamba, BT’s 37th school. Photos of the ceremony can be viewed in the window in the top right on this page or here.

filed under: School Update — Tags: — eric @ 5:01 pm

September 17, 2015

The bathroom building has been completed and Wangoma is ready to open for the first school term of 2016 in February!

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August 24, 2015

eric

Originally from Warsaw, Indiana, Eric relocated to Indianapolis to join the BT team as Digital Coordinator in their Indy office. He graduated in May from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree with concentrations in Marketing and International Business. This is Eric’s first job experience in the non-profit […]

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August 8, 2015

Construction on the school blocks is complete! Once the bathroom buildings are finished, Wangoma will be ready to open.

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August 5, 2015

College members, sign up now to attend the BT National Conference!

Join the Building Tomorrow team in beautiful Nashville, Indiana Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th for our annual leadership conference and get ready for another year spent Building Tomorrow! the details when Friday night, September 18th through Sunday morning, September 20th where Beautiful CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Nashville, Indiana who BT chapter leaders, […]

filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — eric @ 1:51 pm

July 14, 2015

Raise the roof! Both school blocks are now covered with tin roofs and now the finishing touches to the inside of the schools are needed before construction is complete.

filed under: School Update — Tags: — eric @ 5:00 pm

June 23, 2015

After some slight delays to construction, the walls on both blocks of the Wangoma school have been raised completely.

filed under: School Update — Tags: — eric @ 4:57 pm

April 29, 2015

Building Tomorrow, Inc. Welcomes New Board Members; Michael Stayton Elected Chairman

The Board of Directors of Building Tomorrow, Inc. has elected four new board members. They are Melanie Fitzgerald, Ken Kobe, Karen Jung and Jim McClelland. Michael Stayton has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.

filed under: Headlines — Tags: , , , — George @ 11:41 am

April 2, 2015

ground breaking is being planned

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March 23, 2015

Educate A Child partners with buildOn and Building Tomorrow

Educate A Child (EAC), a programme of Education Above All (EAA), has partnered with two NGOs, buildOn and Building Tomorrow, to provide quality learning environments and enroll out of school children in Haiti, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Nepal and Uganda. Commenting on the partnerships, Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi, Director of EAC said: ‘As we […]

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March 16, 2015

ronah

coming soon!

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talent

coming soon!

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willy

coming soon!

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willy

Willy Kajubi has been working closely with Joseph and our Jack of All Trades in the US office to develop and implement our program to improve and enhance the quality of education at our schools. Willy brings to the table nearly ten years experience as teacher and head-teacher at a school for disadvantaged children in […]

filed under: staff — admin @ 10:43 am

vivek

Vivek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and Master’s degree in Education from India. He has more than half a decade of experience working with young people developing their transformative potential to create a systemic impact. Vivek has worked as a Gandhi Fellow in which he worked closely with head teachers and communities for the […]

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vincent

Vincent Luboobi comes to the Building Tomorrow team after completing studies in electrical contracting at Kisuubi Technical Institute. While Vincent hopes to return to the classroom to continue his studies, he’s thrilled to join the Building Tomorrow Uganda team as a Community Development Officer. Vincent is currently in charge of overseeing construction of the BT […]

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robert

coming soon!

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kate

coming soon!

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julius

coming soon!

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joseph

Joseph Kaliisa Bagambaki holds a Bachelors of Business and Administration and a Diploma for social work and project management & administration. He has both managerial/financial and project implementation skills and is experienced in sustainable grass roots programs. Driven by ambition, he has a passion to work for vulnerable women and children; he is a human […]

filed under: staff — admin @ 10:35 am

jjumba

Jjumba Cyprian just finished working in Mukono District, where he oversaw the completion and opening of BT’s NA Barakat Primary School of Nakaseeta. Currently, he is overseeing construction at the BT Primary School of Kabasegwa.

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henry

coming soon!

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george

George Srour, 30, is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT). Srour attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. Upon graduation, Srour was awarded the James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership and the inaugural William E. […]

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geoffrey

coming soon!

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fred

coming soon!

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doreen

coming soon!

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william

William Burungu, better known as Burungu to his colleagues, is currently in charge of overseeing construction in Luwero District for the BT Primary School of Bugabo.

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allan

Allan Kamoga is BT’s newest member of our team and has taken up residence in Lyantonde District as our on-site Community Development Officer for the future BT Primary School of Kamusenene.

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africano

coming soon!

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March 12, 2015

The foundations for each block of the school are complete! The walls will start going up soon!

filed under: School Update — Tags: — eric @ 4:55 pm

March 3, 2015

groundbreaking is set!

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February 4, 2015

Groundbreaking!

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January 12, 2015

Community members from in and around Wangoma made a formal commitment today to support the construction of a new primary school in their village. Over the next five to six months, parents, guardians and friends of future students will collectively donate approximately 15,000 hours of volunteer labor to help build the school. Additionally, matched by […]

filed under: School Update — Tags: — eric @ 4:35 pm

December 22, 2014

Chief Dreamer Check-In

Ten years ago this evening, two friends and I embarked on a mission to deliver a Christmas in Kampala. With a wad of travelers checks and a load of faith, we set out hoping that all of the arrangements we’d made to surprise a school of 400 kids would come to fruition. Eighteen months later, […]

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December 19, 2014

We’re hiring a US-based Director of Operations!

Building Tomorrow invites interested individuals to apply for our Indianapolis, IN-based Director of Operations position. This position will afford the chosen applicant with the opportunity to engage in multiple tasks across the organization, working closely with senior-level staff in both the United States and in Uganda. The Director of Operations will be given operational responsibility […]

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December 5, 2014

Announcing School #27!

Thanks to the efforts of BT chapters & supporters from across the US and, now, the community of Oyomai, Uganda – construction has started on our 27th primary school! Follow its progress here! name supported by site managed by location commitment signing website BT Primary School of Oyomai BT chapters & supporters TBD, BT Community […]

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November 24, 2014

Announcing School #26!

Thanks to the efforts of students at DePauw University & William & Mary and, now, the community of Akolodongo, Uganda – construction has started on our 26th primary school! Follow its progress here! name supported by site managed by location commitment signing website BT Primary School of Akolodongo DePauw, William & Mary TBD, BT Community […]

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November 9, 2014

Announcing School #25!

Thanks to the BT’s network of chapters & supporters and, now, the community of Kisaluwoko, Uganda – construction has started on our 25th primary school! Follow its progress here! name supported by site managed by location commitment signing website BT Primary School of Kisaluwoko UNC-Chapel Hill TBD, BT Community Development Officer Lyantonde District, Uganda Nov […]

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October 17, 2014

Announcing School #24!

Thanks to the BT Chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill and, now, the community of Guyaguya, Uganda – construction is scheduled to begin on our 24th primary school! Follow its progress here! UNC’s first BT primary school opened in May 2013! name supported by site managed by location groundbreaking website BT Primary School of Guyaguya UNC-Chapel Hill […]

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September 29, 2014

Building Tomorrow, Indianapolis-based nonprofit, launches initiative to enroll 51,000 out-of-school students in Uganda

For immediate release INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Building Tomorrow announced plans to embark on its most ambitious project in its eight-year history, Educate51k, a $12 million plan to provide a quality learning environment for nearly 51,000 out-of-school children in rural Uganda by 2019. “There are 31 million kids in sub-Saharan Africa who aren’t in school and […]

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September 22, 2014

Announcing School #23!

Thanks to the friends & family of Kathy Ellis-Inman and, now, the community of Angerepo, Uganda – construction is scheduled to begin on our 23rd primary school! Follow its progress here! name supported by site managed by location groundbreaking website BT Primary School of Angerepo Friends & Family of Kathy Ellis-Inman TBD, BT Community Development […]

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September 12, 2014

Building Tomorrow | It Takes A Village

(Excerpt below – Read the full article by Megan Fernandez in the Indianapolis Monthly) Oprah started one school in Africa. Indy nonprofit Building Tomorrow has opened 18 and counting. Here’s how founder George Srour developed a new template for addressing the world’s education crisis—and why Bill Clinton is helping. Bill Clinton wanted to meet Bill […]

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September 6, 2014

Announcing School #22!

Thanks to the generosity of anonymous supporters of the University of Notre Dame and, now, the community of Isingo, Uganda – construction has started on our 22nd primary school! Follow its progress here! name supported by site managed by location groundbreaking website BT Primary School of Isingo University of Notre Dame Allan, BT Community Development […]

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August 14, 2014

Announcing School #21!

Thanks to the generosity of anonymous supporters of the University of Notre Dame and, now, the community of Kongota, Uganda – construction has started on our 21st primary school! Follow its progress here! name supported by site managed by location groundbreaking website BT Primary School of Kongota University of Notre Dame Burungu, BT Community Development […]

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August 6, 2014

Punch Burger, Weber Grill top the 2nd Annual Indy Burger Battle

More than 350 attendees enjoyed plenty of burgers and beer under sunny skies this past Saturday at the Second Annual Indy Burger Battle benefiting Building Tomorrow. Participating restaurants included Weber Grill, Punch Burger, 96th Street Steakburger, Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar, Stacked Pickle, Between the Bun, Drakes, Colts Grille and the Sinking Ship. Thanks to all […]

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July 18, 2014

Creative teaching at Kabasegwa

Starting last year, Building Tomorrow teamed up with STiR Education – an organization working to develop teachers as changemakers by networking them with their peers, identifying creative teaching techniques already in-practice (what STiR refers to as “micro-innovations”), and supporting the scaling of the most successful programs and ideas. During STiR’s first Teacher-Changemaker summit in Uganda […]

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June 18, 2014

Chief Dreamer Check-in | June 2014

Last Wednesday, as we made our way to the community of Butiiti, Henry Katongole, our Chief Community Development Officer let out a high pitched exclamation. “Ahhhh! Here is where we got stuck—right in this spot!” We kept rolling along and so did Henry’s telling of what he’d classify as just another day at the office. […]

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June 12, 2014

BT Digest | June 2014

Meet Kate!  |  Hiring in UG  |  Construction  |  Father’s Day idea  |  Chicago Event  |  Thanks NW Elementary! Welcome back, Kate!   | Jun, 2014    Kate just finished her Masters of Public Affairs down at Indiana University last month and we’re thrilled to welcome her back to the team, for good this time! You may […]

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April 22, 2014

It’s auction week!

We’re pretty excited. Despite the fact that our office is a sight for sore eyes, things are falling into place! We’ve only a handful of tickets left (Have you bought yours, yet?), nearly 60 live and silent auction items, and a whole host of event sponsors, including Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Joe & Deborah Loughrey; […]

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April 9, 2014

#giveusyourtomorrow

Before we say anything else, we want to say thank you. In the past, your support has helped us to buy the materials that East African communities need to build permanent, self-sustaining schools for their children—and to forge a better future for themselves. Now, we’re hoping you’ll be willing to support us again. GIVE US […]

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March 24, 2014

Chief Dreamer Check-in | Mar 2014

Where do I begin? We’ve had an awesome two weeks at Building Tomorrow. REAL awesome. On a sun-filled Friday in the tiny community of Kabasegwa, more than 400 students, parents, teachers, community leaders (and even a couple barnyard animals) joined to celebrate the commissioning of Building Tomorrow’s 14th Academy. Complete with a community-cooked lunch and […]

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March 20, 2014

School #20…and counting!

Thanks to the generosity of Indiana University, DePauw University, Hope College and, now, the community of Kibimba, Uganda – construction has started on our 20th primary school! Follow its progress here and stay tuned as school #21 isn’t too far behind! name supported by site managed by location groundbreaking website BT Academy of Kibimba Indiana […]

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March 14, 2014

Tunaalabagana

This time four years ago, graduation was quickly approaching and I still was a bit unsure of what was next. I had spent the last four years studying Linguistics and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, however I had learned more from my time with a student organization called Building Tomorrow than I did […]

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March 10, 2014

Kabasegwa is open!

In the remote village of Kabasegwa, Uganda, where there once existed little more than a grass-thatched hut, now stands a ten-room brick school-house, thanks in large part to the hard work, tireless enthusiasm, and incredible generosity of the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at UT-Austin. Their fundraising and outreach efforts enabled Building Tomorrow to partner with […]

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March 3, 2014

Education is…

UNC Building Tomorrow created a chalk board with the phrase “Education is…” The organization members were the first to fill in what education meant to them. Then, the group brought the board on campus and asked members of the student body to write what education meant to them. The purpose of the event was to […]

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February 28, 2014

Statement on recent legislation in Uganda

We were disappointed to learn that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has become law. At Building Tomorrow, we envision a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so. Every school we’ve opened in Uganda serves as a source of pride and a catalyst for personal and […]

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February 25, 2014

Spread the word…we’re hiring!

do you… have experience of successfully working alongside a team of diverse individuals? have a passion for education equality and believe in empowering young people? consider yourself a self-starter and committed to the greater good? enjoy navigating unforeseen challenges? consider yourself an incredibly creative thinker? consider yourself an exceptional team player with a great work […]

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February 13, 2014

Announcing Construction on BT’s 19th Primary School in Uganda

Building Tomorrow is excited to announce the start of construction on our 19th primary school in Uganda! Follow its progress here and stay tuned as school #20 isn’t too far behind! name supported by site managed by location district groundbreaking website BT Academy of Butiti Anonymous Jjumba Cyprian, BT Community Development Officer N 1°24′26.59″, E […]

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February 10, 2014

Global Education & Skills Forum: Guest Post

*Written for and originally posted to the Global Education & Skills Forum Blog As humanity continues to digest the astonishing numbers presented by UNESCO’s recently released 2013/4 Education for All Report—over 57 million children do not have access to primary school worldwide and 250 million in-school children are not learning—one takeaway is quite clear: access […]

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January 24, 2014

Chief Dreamer Check-In | Jan 2014

The commissioning of Building Tomorrow’s 15th primary-level academy started just like any other. Dignitaries offered welcomes as future students organized themselves and kicked things off with a medley of traditional Buganda songs. The line-up of speakers barely fit on one page, the January sun made its presence felt and a feast for the masses was […]

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January 10, 2014

Mabaale is finished! (And a few favorite photos)

Earlier this week, members of our Board of Directors, in Uganda for our first international board meeting, had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the Building Tomorrow Academy of Mabaale. The Academy was funded through a challenge grant partnership with One Day’s Wages. Though classes will not begin until the start of […]

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December 30, 2013

BT Fellows: Empowering Head Teachers as Changemakers

In 2011, Uwezo-Uganda collected data indicating the percentage of P3-P7 students competent in English, Math, and both. On average, in districts where BT is active, less than 42 percent were competent in English, 58 percent in Math and 34 percent in both. In our own experience, it goes without saying that rural public education—both access […]

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December 23, 2013

The Blueprint

If you were to ask any member of our team, I am confident they would agree with the sentiment that one of Building Tomorrow’s greatest strengths as an organization is our willingness – eagerness, truly – to critically review every aspect of our model; constantly seeking out opportunities for improvement, no matter how large or […]

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December 19, 2013

Innovation

On a site visit earlier this year, Henry Katongole, now our Chief Community Development Officer brought me over to a foundation wall that had just been started. Strewn about the site were all the materials and tools one would usually see, a pile of bricks, bags of cement, string, a level and then a particularly-long […]

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December 16, 2013

Keeping the end in mind

Samford University Chapter’s Building Tomorrow Focus Week 2013 When it comes to logistics, the Samford University chapter of Building Tomorrow is a study in perseverance and the importance of remembering your goal. Here at Samford, we are still hammering out the specifics and navigating the bureaucracy of becoming an on-campus organization. In the last year, […]

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December 11, 2013

Perspective and a ‘Walk to Uganda’

“My goal for Building Tomorrow at Pinecrest is not only to raise money to build a classroom but to raise awareness about how privileged we are to have the opportunity to go to school.” – Maddie Dyer, Sophomore at Pinecrest High School Maddie approached Building Tomorrow this past summer about getting involved. Her sister, Heather, […]

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December 3, 2013

We’re not just building schools anymore.

We’re partnering, empowering, innovating, sharing and learning every step of the way as we work to provide access to a quality education for hard-to-reach students and communities across rural Uganda. And this holiday season, we’ll be highlighting new projects, supporters and exciting developments to our model from the past year. All of which you (yes, […]

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November 14, 2013

Thankful

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to the post office to mail some ‘getting started’ items to Emory University, home to one of our newest chapters. While waiting in line, I overheard the man in front of me addressing the clerk. The customer was inquiring about how to change his address and the […]

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October 9, 2013

Welcome New Board Members

Indianapolis, IN-The Board of Directors of Building Tomorrow, Inc. has elected three new members. They are Jean S. Blackwell, Elizabeth Schlueter, and Michael Stayton. Jean S. Blackwell recently retired as Executive Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation, positions she held since 2008. Prior to this, Ms. Blackwell served […]

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Introducing the Building Tomorrow Fellowship

In a few months, Building Tomorrow will open the doors on its 18th Academy in Uganda, signaling the completion of learning space for 6,300 students. And while we’re excited about opening the doors to an education for thousands of children, we’re not stopping there. Starting in 2014, we’ll be launching the Building Tomorrow Fellowship, a […]

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September 19, 2013

Chief Dreamer Check In | September 2013

The buzz words ‘monitoring and evaluation,’ have become so hip within international development organizations we’ve coined them a nickname: ‘M&E.’ No doubt, it is a critical function in assessing the impact of a particular model and one in which Building Tomorrow practices. But as this latest trip reinforced, we’d be remiss to expect only statistics, […]

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September 12, 2013

Back to School

When you work for an organization like Building Tomorrow, where we focus on giving children the opportunity to go to school, it’s hard not to be reflective about your own educational journey.

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August 28, 2013

2012: A Year in Review

On behalf of the growing team at Building Tomorrow, we are thrilled to share with you our 2012 year in review! In many ways, 2012 brought truly transformative change to Building Tomorrow, from reimagining our model on the ground to welcoming President Clinton to Gita, Uganda, we had a jam-packed year and are incredibly grateful […]

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BT Road Trip 2013

This fall, I will be taking another BT Road Trip to connect with as many students as possible on new campuses about Building Tomorrow’s work. So far the trip includes visits to 17 different colleges and universities with more than 25 speaking events arranged. (Big thanks to Stephanie our summer intern for putting this all […]

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August 14, 2013

Indy Burger Battle = Huge Success!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The first annual Indy Burger Battle was a huge success! More than 300 people joined us in the Rathskellar Biergarten on Saturday and collectively helped us raise over $6,500. And, in case you missed it, the votes are in and the 2013 Indy Burger Battle Champion is… Binkley’s Kitchen […]

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July 23, 2013

Katie Zarich Joins Building Tomorrow USA!

It is with great excitement that we announce the addition of Katie Zarich to the Building Tomorrow USA team! Katie will assume the role of Financial Optimist when she starts with Building Tomorrow in mid-August, assisting us with a number of tasks ranging from the formation and execution of an annual giving plan, fostering relationships […]

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July 11, 2013

Is this really my job?

Brittani Russell, a 2013 Masters of Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame, recently joined the BT team as our very own Engineer in Residence. Just last month, she hopped on a plane to Uganda where she’ll be spending the next year working hand-in-hand with our team in Uganda to streamline and scale […]

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July 8, 2013

Power Africa

To all the students and former students out there, imagine having only until sunset, or around 7 PM, to complete your homework every night. Once that light is gone your only option is a small candle that provides a minimal amount of light. For students in many sub-Saharan countries this severe hindrance is a reality. […]

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July 1, 2013

Finding Another Way

Each day walking to the site included a stop at the house of Godfrey, a member of the Bugabo community. Godfrey is an awesome guy and has been extremely committed to the school. Until recently, he had been very active in the construction of the school. Due to an accident with his motorbike Godfrey can […]

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June 27, 2013

Another Visit to Bugabo

This summer, I was given the opportunity to lead five students involved with BT chapters on a trip to Uganda. We ended up staying in Bugabo and therefore got to spend time with Christine and the community members building the school. This was not the first visit to Bugabo for me and therefore gave me […]

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June 25, 2013

It takes a village

On a gently sloping hill, just off a dirt road, in a little village a couple hours drive outside of Kampala, sit 172 smiling students – a majority girls – eager to learn. Every day, with the nearest government school 5.5km (3.4mi) away, they travel from six nearby villages to meet in their respective “classrooms” […]

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June 17, 2013

Chief Dreamer Check-In | June 2013

As our car pulled up to a brand new Building Tomorrow site at Mabaale on the Western edge of Uganda’s central region, more than 170 kids sat huddled underneath trees, divided in two classes, upper and lower. The BT-mobile climbed 250 more feet and pulled up aside the foundation of one of the future academy’s […]

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June 6, 2013

Kidula is Open!

On May 25, 2013, four University of Chapel Hill students joined families, students, community leaders, and Ministry officials to open Building Tomorrow’s 11th primary school in Uganda – the BT Academy of Kidula. The Academy was funded by the BT chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill (one of 30 college-based chapters) namely through Bike to Uganda, their […]

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May 15, 2013

Meet our interns!

Yesterday was the first day in the office for our summer interns and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on board. Those of you who know us well know that this time of year is when we can finally tackle that random, never-ending, and increasingly important to-do list of ours. Projects slated for […]

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April 28, 2013

Help Others Through Education

Originally posted by Lucy Reser on April 28, 2013 on the Wofford College Blog Through my interviews and experiences in all three countries I have learned that there will always be poverty as long as there are uneducated people and the only way to fight poverty is through education. While I was in a slum […]

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April 5, 2013

Commitment Day!

At a commitment-signing ceremony in Kalungu, Uganda – home to BT’s 15th and newest academy, supported by One Day’s Wages – parents from surrounding villages made a public commitment to support the development of their area and the education of their children. Once blueprints are finalized, construction will commence and, in the months that follow, […]

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March 20, 2013

BT-Uganda

Our entire team in Uganda last week after a long day of hands-on construction training with UVA architecture grad-student, Megan Suau, and Engineer Richard Tatyaba. Clockwise from left: Willy, Jjumba, Vincent, Henry, Africano, Joseph & Burungu

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March 14, 2013

Truer words…

pictured – Shelley, a P3 student at the new BT Academy of Kyeitabya

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March 11, 2013

Chief Dreamer Check-In | March 2013

Seven years ago on my first trip to Uganda representing Building Tomorrow, I took out a pen and paper as my plane flew South over the Sahara. The sands beneath seemed to stretch forever, painting the skies a warm, mesmerizing orange. This morning, the deep ocean blue one would usually see crossing the Atlantic is […]

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February 21, 2013

We’re hiring!

We invite interested individuals to apply for our USA-based Director of Development (aka Financial Optimist) position. This newly-created position will afford the chosen applicant with the opportunity to build the organization’s development program, including acquisition, grants, social media, major gifts and events. Our ideal candidate has at least 3-5 years experience in fundraising/development, possesses excellent […]

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February 5, 2013

Now in stock.

Order your Building Tomorrow t-shirt today! + American Apparel + unisex fit + 50/50 cotton blend (aka – super soft!) + heather black + available small-xxl $25 (including shipping) Contact info [at] buildingtomorrow [dot] org with questions! PS: Big thanks to Brandon Schaaf for the design!

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January 23, 2013

Moving Forward

On the dusty roads of rural northern India, as camels pass carrying loads of bricks and the paved roads give way to dirt paths, many of the same issues that teachers of primary schools in Uganda face are concerns that Indian teachers have, too. “When we get support, we move forward. When we don’t, we […]

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January 16, 2013

BT Chapters Go Global

“If you want the true American college experience you should become part of a student organization”. This is what our friend told us when we just arrived at UNC as exchange students from Denmark. We went to a few info sessions, but none of them truly caught our attention – until we came across UNC […]

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December 18, 2012

Forbes 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs

Original article featured on Forbes by Randall Lane Building Tomorrow’s Founder & Chief Dreamer, George Srour, was recognized as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs this year. The original article featured on Forbes.com highlighting the category is copied below. It was a standing ovation no one expected, least of all 26-year-old Maggie Doyne, […]

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December 13, 2012

Kabasegwa Updates

Check out construction progress on the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kabasegwa, supported by Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas-Austin!

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December 10, 2012

Looking for an internship?

Are you outgoing? A go-getter? A problem solver? A think-on-your feet, up-to-the-challenge kind of person? More importantly, do you believe in the power of education and the ability of young people to change the world? If you answered yes, keep reading. We’ve got an internship just for you. This summer (yep, 2013 – we’re getting […]

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December 7, 2012

What’s on your wishlist?

Bricks? Cement? Desks? A chalkboard, maybe? Or how about a new school in Uganda? Jackie, Annika, Abby and countless others have asked for just that. Jackie has already surpassed her goal, raising $227 simply asking her friends and family for construction materials in lieu of more traditional gifts. Annika has raised $750 with her updated […]

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December 3, 2012

Building Tomorrow Fundraises for Global Education

original article by Thomas Davis, The Ramapo News Building Tomorrow is a national organization aimed to provide students in Uganda with the same educational resources and environment available in the United States. In order to create a Building Tomorrow club at individual colleges, students must start up chapters on campus to raise money to build […]

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November 30, 2012

‘Expired’

20+ dads working their tails off at the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kidula. In their words, their time has ‘expired,’ so it’s time to ‘pay it forward.’

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November 28, 2012

Who needs more stuff?

This holiday season, give a gift that’s always useful, never goes out of style, and keeps on giving year after year: the gift of education to an entire community. Or, as we’ve come to know it: The Best Gift. Ever. We’re asking you to help us raise $10,000 before the end of the year to […]

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November 5, 2012

Bear Hugs

I’m a huge Alabama football fan. If you know me, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. But I seriously just love the team, the coach, the history, and all of the “Roll Tide Roll”-ers. So this weekend, I was obviously watching when they met their match verse the LSU Tigers and pulled off an […]

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November 2, 2012

Kabasegwa Construction

Construction is definitely a community effort at the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kabasegwa, supported by Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas-Austin.

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October 24, 2012

You’re the missing piece

Building Tomorrow’s work is only made possible by the cumulative efforts of countless individuals. In essence, our work is one big puzzle and we succeed when all of the pieces fit together. As it stands today: our partner communities in Uganda have donated land, they have committed 20,000 hours of their time, the Ugandan government […]

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October 22, 2012

Empowered

Below is a guest post from Erin Owenby, Director of the Building Tomorrow chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill: When I provide prospective members with information about joining UNC Building Tomorrow, I send them a blurb that describes BT as an organization that “empowers young people in the US to invest their resources, time & talents in […]

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October 17, 2012

Ready for the ring beam

The first classroom block at the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Bugabo, jointly supported by Davidson College and Virginia Tech, is ready for the ring beam, a construction element that, in essence, ties together the walls. The ring beam is laid along the tops of the brick walls to add strength and stability to the […]

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October 15, 2012

Reimagining Education in East Africa

At the 2012 CGI Meeting President Clinton delivers a Commitment Announcement on behalf of Building Tomorrow, Chopper Trading, Masimo Corporation, and Torres Picón Foundation.

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October 10, 2012

‘Bike to Uganda’ in the Pit to build schools

By Jordan Bailey for The Daily Tarheel (originally posted 10/08/12 9:31pm) Students started the more than 7,000-mile bike ride to Uganda on Monday. In the same week as Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from British rule, the third annual Bike to Uganda event kicked off. Bike to Uganda is Building Tomorrow’s main fundraiser of the […]

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October 2, 2012

Day 13 of my road trip!

Today is one day before the 2 week mark of this crazy road trip. I’ve driven over 1600 miles, through 5 states, visiting 8 colleges and universities so far. And it has been awesome! My favorite part about talking with students has been bringing awareness to the global education crisis and showing college students what […]

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September 24, 2012

HUGE news from CGI 2012

Earlier this morning, right after Secretary Clinton addressed the crowd at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in NYC, our very own George Srour joined President Clinton on stage for an in incredible announcement. Fast forward to around 35:30 to hear it for yourself!

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September 21, 2012

Groundbreaking #14!

Earlier today the community of Kabasegwa, Uganda celebrated the official groundbreaking of the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kabasegwa, supported by Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Texas at Austin!

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September 19, 2012

…and we’re off!

And so the road trip has begun! I’m officially reporting from my first stop, Nashville, TN hanging out in the Vanderbilt bookstore before meeting with some students. The first four of about 50 hours of driving done, 250 miles of the 3000+ miles done, and I could not be more excited. Tomorrow, I am speaking […]

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September 11, 2012

International Literacy Day

This Saturday was International Literacy Day – celebrated by many with the act of snuggling up with a book. Following some great organizations on Twitter and Facebook, I came across this infograph and other statistics that really got me thinking about how different my life would be if I couldn’t read. An estimated 122 million […]

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September 6, 2012

Apollo on Kyeitabya

Last month, community members in the village of Kyeitabya, Uganda celebrated the completion & formal commissioning of their new school, the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya, supported and designed by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Hear from Building Tomorrow-Uganda’s former Education Support Officer, Apollo Muganiira, as he discusses what the celebration meant […]

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September 4, 2012

Updates from Lukindu

Taken earlier today in Lwengo District, Uganda, masons are hard at work laying bricks for the walls of the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Lukindu, supported by the Segal Family Foundation.

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August 29, 2012

BT meets the South.

Last semester, we switched things around in the office and I was invited into the role of “Chapter Person” – yes that’s what we really called it. Since then, I have had the pleasure of being personally connected with our 25+ chapter leaders and working with 10 new students interested in getting involved with Building […]

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August 23, 2012

BT’s looking for an Engineer in Residence

Building Tomorrow is currently seeking an Engineer in Residence to oversee a significant scale-up in the construction of our academies. The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda and the fellowship is for a minimum of one year. The application is rolling and the position is available starting today. The sooner we find a suitable […]

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August 15, 2012

Meet Allen

Last but certainly not least, we bring to you the final student in our “10 People You Need to Know” series. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know some of Building Tomorrow’s graduates this summer! After finishing her studies at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi, Allen now attends a secondary school. The 16-year-old is […]

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August 13, 2012

Special Olympics Volunteer Inspired by Fearless Athlete

by: guest blogger, Special Olympics via The Case Foundation In June, we released what we believe are five elements to a fearless approach in solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, in our new website and report, “To Be Fearless.” We are asking people to take the pledge to Be Fearless in one (or […]

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August 10, 2012

Meet Medie

With the Olympics in full spring, it only seems appropriate to introduce Medie. When it comes to this sporting event, everyone tunes in. It’s not only the diehard fans glued to their TVs, it’s the world. We all pick our favorite events to watch and attempt to schedule our days, so we can catch a […]

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August 8, 2012

President Clinton is Building Tomorrow

President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea visited the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita on July 20, 2012. The Academy of Gita was funded and designed by University of Virginia students.

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August 6, 2012

Project Funded with One Day’s Wages

reposted from One Day’s Wages’ blog Another fully funded project! We love sharing news about funded projects. We’re proud to announce that our 35th project is not only funded, but it’s our largest matching grant yet. We owe it all to you because of your generosity and partnership! Our matching grant with Building Tomorrow has […]

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August 3, 2012

Nine & Ten

Friday couldn’t have come soon enough, so the community of Kyeitabya decided to party early. A kasiki—an overnight Bugandan celebration in anticipation of a big day—kicked off the commissioning activities of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya, the tenth site opened in Uganda by Building Tomorrow. Kyeitabya’s celebrations come on the heels of the Building […]

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August 1, 2012

Meet Justine

“I want to be a nurse,” said Justine. Think of the nurses you know, friends, family members, or the lady who recently gave you a shot. These men and women usually have something in common. Positivity. When Justine said she wanted to be a nurse, it seemed to fit. Her constant smile and caring demeanor […]

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July 30, 2012

News from UNC

Hear from Julia Heelan, current Co-Director of the Building Tomorrow chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill, about why she got involved, what her chapter is up to and her goals for the future. When I talk about Building Tomorrow, everyone always asks me, “Well, have you been to Uganda yet?” And sadly after 2 years, my answer […]

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July 26, 2012

‘Building Tomorrow’ – one school at a time in Uganda

By Chelsea Clinton, NBC News KAMPALA, Uganda – The Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita, about an hour outside of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, is an amazing example of what can be accomplished when local communities and international organizations work together toward innovative solutions to educational challenges. While in Uganda last week, I met the […]

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July 25, 2012

Meet Moses

Sweet. That’s all I can think about when it comes to Moses. Now the word sweet can mean many things. I don’t mean sweet like, ‘Dude that’s so sweet!’ (as in totally awesome) or sweet like the taste that comes after the sourness of a Sour Patch Kid. I mean sweet as in kind and […]

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July 20, 2012

President Bill Clinton Visits Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita

Visit highlights commitment to build 60 academies and provide improve quality of education. KAMPALA, UGANDA—On his first trip to Uganda since 1998, President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea made a 90 minute stop at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita, visiting teachers and students in classrooms, watching dances by the school choir and greeting hundreds […]

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July 19, 2012

Meet Ritah

Sometimes when the word education is used, things like books, homework, lessons and exams are what come to mind. It’s so much more than that. Yes, the lessons and books matter. They matter a lot, but the people you meet at school matter, too. Friends, teachers, coaches and many others all made an impact on […]

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July 16, 2012

President Clinton to Visit Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita

Visit reinforces commitment to provide access to quality education in 60 academies by 2016 INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday, July 20, Building Tomorrow – a social-profit organization encouraging philanthropy among young people in support of access to quality education – will welcome President Bill Clinton to meet newly-minted students and community members as he tours one […]

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July 13, 2012

Meet Paul

GOALLLLL!! Ahh that magical moment when the soccer team you’re cheering for finally scores. Joy, overwhelming joy is what this moment is. Most of the time this happens so quickly it’s hard to take in everything that has created the moment. Of course the players are given the most credit, I mean they are the […]

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July 9, 2012

Have a summer birthday?

So your birthday is coming up soon, you know the exact number of days until the special event arrives. Pure enjoyment pulses through your body with every big “X” you make as you mark off the days on your calendar. The only thing giving you troubles is what to ask for your birthday. There’s no […]

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July 6, 2012

Indianapolis for the summer…?

I never imagined spending the summer after my Junior year of college in the cornfields, a.k.a Indianapolis. But here’s how I got here… Watch this first. My friend Wilson is 8 years old. He lives in the Global Samaritans Children’s Home in Livingstone, Zambia. I got to know Wilson two years ago when I traveled […]

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July 4, 2012

Meet Agnes

1862 – Abbe Giovanna Caselli becomes the first person to transmit a still image over wires 1900 – Constantin Perskyi used the word “television” for the first time at the World’s Fair in Paris. 1924 – John Baird transmits the first moving silhouette images on a mechanical system. 1946 – Peter Goldmark introduces the first […]

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July 2, 2012

Commitment

It’s hard to imagine what 20,000 hours of labor looks like. Having been apart of the BT staff for 2 years now, I often point to the community’s commitment and involvement in our schools as a sign of our success. They show dedication, ownership and responsibility every step of the way throughout construction and post-construction. […]

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June 29, 2012

News from Furman University, Greenville, SC

Our chapter of BT at Furman University has just gotten started. I first heard about Building Tomorrow when George came to speak at Furman. I was so inspired by his mission and his passion that I knew we had to start a chapter. After talking with a few friends, it was a done deal. We […]

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June 28, 2012

Meet Ronald

As the summer has officially begun, many people use this season to take a little time to travel. College students are in London studying and exploring the unknowns of Europe, families pack their mini-vans and head to the white beaches of Florida and others frequent their nearby lake cottages on the weekends. It’s discovering places […]

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June 25, 2012

A Student’s Dream: Class Inside

In the U.S. when our teachers decide to take class outside for the day, smiles and excited faces are the usual response. For Aisha it’s the opposite. This 10-year-old anxiously awaits the day she can be inside a building for school. Aisha and her classmates currently learn their lessons outside under a structure with no […]

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June 22, 2012

Kyeitabya – getting close!

The Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya is close to completion! The land is now full of freshly planted maize, ground-nuts and other crops. Another exciting addition is a new road that leads to the site put in by the community. We’re almost there everyone! Be on the lookout for news of the Academy opening. And […]

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June 20, 2012

Meet Elizebeth, aka ‘Betty’

Being a college student about to embark on my Senior year, I get asked this question all the time, ‘What are you going to do?’ My answer, like many others my age… That’s a great question! When this infamous question is thrown at me while my Dad’s around, he always looks at me and says, […]

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June 18, 2012

Meet Mama Victor

While the community donates the land and 20,000 hours of labor to the construction project of any of our BT academies, we’ve continued to see community members go above and beyond with their dedication to the school. Mama Victor is certainly one of those committed members. Pictured here with her son, Samson, Mama Victor has […]

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June 15, 2012

Cutie-pa-tutti

As much as this adorable future BT student loved to smile, he wasn’t much for talking. What he did tell us is that his name is Trevor and did I mention he’s ADORABLE. He is in P1 and lives in Bugabo, Uganda so he’s just a little guy. Although small this youngin’ has a big […]

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June 13, 2012

10 People You Need To Know

Many of you may be wondering who these children are that attend the Building Tomorrow Academies. Well you’re gonna find out! Our employee Maggie sat down with a group of students who attended BT’s Academy of Lutisi to catch up and see how they are doing now. So this summer we have decided to put […]

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June 11, 2012

The Ultimate Community Man

“I did it for the next generation.” John, one of Christine’s twin sons, is a member of the generous family who donated the land for the site of the BT Academy of Bugabo. He does not have any primary-school-age children of his own and actually spends a lot of his time in Kampala. However, John […]

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June 8, 2012

I’m an idiot.

Last week, our very own Financial Optimist, Liz Braden, traveled to Uganda with BT for the first time to check on our academies and put her construction skills to the test. Prior to joining the BT team full-time, Liz was an active member and part of the leadership team of the BT chapter at the […]

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June 5, 2012

Vantage Point

Looks like things are wrapping up well for our 10th Academy, the Building Tomorrow NA Barakat Academy of Nakaseeta! The roofs are finished and maize has been planted in front of the school. As for the inside, some installations and minor details are in the works at the moment. But take a look at the […]

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May 31, 2012

You Can Do It, Too

Today is the last day for CH2M HILL Harambee Network R.E.A.CH.back Campaign. They’ve done a wonderful job raising money and are close to reaching their goal! If you’d like to help them hit their target just go here! This past March the hard work of CH2M HILL’s young professionals fundraiser for BT inspired the company […]

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May 25, 2012

Never Stop Learning

What are you doing this summer? In the past few months this question has been the topic of discussion for college students. Answers such as traveling abroad, taking classes on campus and working are the common activities that roll off students’ tongues. As I am approached with this question I am excited to say “I’m […]

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May 18, 2012

2011 Annual Report

Check out our 2011 Annual Report for stories, statistics, highlights, photos and financials from the last year!

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May 3, 2012

Introducing Kabasegwa

Today marks the start of the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kabasegwa (#14!), supported by Kappa Kappa Gamma at The University of Texas at Austin! In the village of Kabasegwa, the only classroom infrastructure currently available consists of a temporary structure partitioned into six classes by papyrus. Community members and local leaders from seven villages […]

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April 30, 2012

Teacher housing, latrines, roofs & meetings

Downtime is hard to come by for our team in Uganda. With latrine construction and teacher housing going up at Bubeezi, finishing touches and truss-work being added to Nakaseeta, community meetings at Buwasa, and construction on new academies in Lukindu, Bugabo and Kidula, they’ve got their hands full. Take a look at some of our […]

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April 27, 2012

Hope Biked to Uganda!

On Friday, April 20th, the Building Tomorrow chapter at Hope College in Holland, MI Biked to Uganda and raised $4,023 towards a new BT academy in Uganda. Check it out! My initial visions of a Building Tomorrow Chapter at Hope College began while visiting the BT Academies in Uganda last May 2011. One year later, […]

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April 25, 2012

Reflections on CGI-U

Liz Braden, my chapter advisor, sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to spend the weekend in Washington D.C. with Bill Clinton. It took me about a second to determine that yes, that sounded like a good idea. Building Tomorrow had nominated myself and other chapter leaders to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative […]

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April 12, 2012

Building Tomorrow chapter hosts Ugandan speaker

written by: Callie Cox l Staff Writer | Doane Line Passion drives him to help women and children in Uganda, he is fluent in eight languages and believes undoubtedly in education. Ugandan Building Tomorrow Director Joseph Kaliisa said he believed it was essential to provide quality education and care to children in Ugandan cities. He […]

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April 9, 2012

Pay it Forward

A couple times each week, I field a phone call from our Country Director in Uganda, Joseph Kaliisa. He updates the construction progress at a number of our sites and fills us in on what’s taking place at our Building Tomorrow academies. During one of our last calls, he was beaming. “The parents and the […]

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April 6, 2012

Students bike to raise awareness for education in Uganda

originally in the Indiana Daily Student written by Michael Majchrowicz photo credit: Chet Strange, Indiana Daily Student During the last two days, IU students traveled 7,500 miles without leaving Bloomington. These students helped power the third annual Bike to Uganda event, a stationary bike-a-thon that aims to raise awareness for education in Uganda. Sophomore Claire […]

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March 15, 2012

Health & Education

“The best way to cyclically improve health is by giving children an education.” We’ve always been big believers that getting involved and being involved in our line of work is an incredible learning process. Even those of us who work full time for Building Tomorrow find that, as much of a cliche as it sounds, […]

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March 13, 2012

Service Learning at Mercer

“I want to experience the kind of happiness that comes from helping someone and getting nothing in return,” wrote Brianne Bower, an honors student at Mercer University in Macon, GA and one of our newest Building Tomorrow Ambassadors. Brianne first learned about our work from her Global Health Professor and is founding a BT chapter […]

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March 6, 2012

Dream big!

A couple of weeks ago we got an email, completely out of the blue, from Sydni, a youth director from St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas. She had literally stumbled across us on Twitter (thanks @lizbraden33!) and was excited to rally her students behind Building Tomorrow. Her 8th grade girls were given $100 […]

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February 22, 2012

Organization raising money to construct schoolhouse in Uganda

By John Roberts, Newspage Editor & Erikah Haavie, Contributing Writer Furman University Campus News 7,613 miles: The approximate distance between Greenville, S.C., and Kampala, Uganda. 3 miles: The approximate distance each Furman University student needs to cycle to get there. With a little help and hard work, four Furman University students have decided they can […]

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February 17, 2012

Patrick

Got an email this week that made our day. Seriously. Here’s the gist: It was from Empower African Children, an organization providing scholarships to Uganda’s top secondary schools for students who (typically) excel in the arts. Scholarships are funded through their Spirit of Uganda professional training & touring program across North America, starring the scholarship […]

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February 16, 2012

The Importance of Building Tomorrow

-Hayley Swindell The Odyssey Online – Texas – Kappa Kappa Gamma A reoccurring problem that our world seems to constantly be faced with is our twisted way of thinking about today rather than tomorrow. For as long as I can remember countless leaders have strived to solve problems by settling for the response that will […]

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January 30, 2012

#OneDaysEducation

Last week, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown released a report saying “the world is facing a hidden and silent emergency in education.” We couldn’t agree more. To shed light on this emergency, we’ve partnered with One Day’s Wages and we’re already more than halfway to our goal of funding the construction of a school […]

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January 27, 2012

Bubeezi is open!

The Building Tomorrow Academy of Bubeezi, supported by The Engage Network, officially opened this morning. Students will begin class at the start of the first term in February. Check out photos from the very beginning to today’s opening ceremony!

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January 24, 2012

Shotgun

Chances are, you don’t remember the first time you rode in a car. In fact, unless you’ve just taken a newborn home from the hospital, you might not remember the first time you rode with someone who was in a car for the very first time. As the ceremonial speeches that mark every Building Tomorrow […]

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January 10, 2012

The Hip Humanitarian Project collects and auctions high-end fashion to benefit local charities

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December 30, 2011

They said it was the best gift. Ever.

Just over seven years ago, the Building Tomorrow story began with a special Christmas in Kampala delivery. Today, seven Building Tomorrow academies are on holiday break, three are getting ready for their first round of students in February, two are now in an active construction phase and as of last week, one will forever be […]

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December 27, 2011

From Key Club to Doane, my experience with Building Tomorrow.

I first learned about Building Tomorrow during my senior year of high school. Evie Sue Ward, my classmate and district governor, made Building Tomorrow her governor’s project. I was able to attend the mid-year convention where I heard the fabulous Maggie Kirkpatrick speak about Building Tomorrow. But, to be perfectly honest, at that point I […]

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December 16, 2011

Education is…

Words of advice from Sarah Namirembe, Head Teacher of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kiyamba: “Education is important and when you train a woman, you train a nation.”

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December 9, 2011

Hip-Hop & Engineers

They say smiles are contagious but the students I met at Lutisi brought that statement to a new level. I couldn’t help but smile, no one could the entire time I was with them. And Alex, well, he was definitely a hoot… (Although, disclaimer: Every time I pulled up outside of one of our academies, […]

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November 29, 2011

Raise the Roof

You’re probably getting more emails about online shopping deals this week than you care to count. But we’re pretty sure you haven’t seen a deal like this. The Best Gift. Ever. $150 = 10 tin sheets for the roof of a school + BT t-shirt + BT e-card + zero shipping & tax benefits…what could […]

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November 24, 2011

We’re thankful for…

…energetic students, teachers, supporters and partners in the US; community volunteers, government leaders, teachers and dedicated staff in Uganda; donors around the world; … the list goes on. We’re thankful for people like Teopista. Nayinza Teopista is a woman of many talents. More importantly, however, she is a woman with a very, very big heart. […]

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November 16, 2011

BT Construction Team

We’re Building Tomorrow. Literally. Check out our construction team in Uganda!

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November 10, 2011

Boreholes & Mango Trees

7 November 2011—Determined to have a borehole operational before the start of construction on a new Building Tomorrow academy, the village of Lukindu in the Lwengo District of Uganda took the first steps today in turning their ‘dream into reality.’ As a two-man crew worked with only the aid of a pick axe to dig […]

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November 9, 2011

Small Towns, Big Hearts

A small high school in a small town in Washington State has teamed up with One Day’s Wages in an effort to fund the construction of a new school in Uganda. They’re posing a question to their entire community, “How far would you walk for an education?” Take a look. Why We’re Doing This: Medical […]

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November 3, 2011

For the love of toilets.

Little gets me as excited as showing up to one of our sites and seeing a pit latrine take shape. That might sound crazy, but believe me, this is a sight to behold. To give you an idea, volunteers start by digging a hole about three meters long by one meter wide. Using a pick […]

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November 1, 2011

Five Years of Building Tomorrow

We celebrated our 5th birthday with a full house at the ArtsGarden in downtown Indianapolis last Friday and it was a HUGE success. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening. At the heart of the program was this video…a message from our Honorary Chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and a video overview (beginning at 3:47) […]

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October 28, 2011

We’re 5 Years Old.

A little more than five years ago, I set out to name a vision of engaging young people in the United States in the quest to provide universal access to education to children in rural sub-Saharan Africa. For a few weeks straight, I’d keep a pen and paper next to my nightstand, writing down words […]

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October 21, 2011

Gita – The Whole Story

In the fall of 2005, Jason Franasiak, recent graduate of the College of William & Mary, enrolled in the University of Virginia‘s School of Medicine. Over the next year, any time Jason wasn’t in class or studying, he was telling anyone who would listen about a new organization called Building Tomorrow. In fact, Jason spoke […]

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October 19, 2011

Jonah & Sande

Meet Jonah (13) & Sande (14 – pronounced like “Sunday”); two students at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Buwasa, supported by Global Playground. Sande is very shy. He is currently in P5 and has only been at Buwasa for a year since he moved in with his grandmother and aunt. Sande has five siblings but […]

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October 14, 2011

You’ve met George…now meet his sister.

A while back we introduced you to George, a then 16 year-old who had made quite a name for himself in the village of Kiyamba, Uganda. Since talk of a new school began in his community in the spring of 2008, George spent every afternoon (including Saturdays) at the site of the future school. George […]

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October 11, 2011

Meet Agnes

Last week I found myself sitting amongst a group of kids doing my best to communicate in Luganda, which I’ll admit wasn’t very good, when Agnes walked over to see what was going on. For a while, she stood behind many of the boys and watched and listened. When Agnes heard me try and ask […]

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October 6, 2011

Matching Gifts Multiplied

A couple of months ago, One Day’s Wages, an organization devoted to eradicating extreme global poverty, awarded Building Tomorrow their largest matching grant to-date: $30,000 for the construction of a new school. A pretty incredible gift in and of itself. What’s even more incredible is the fact that once we reach our goal via our […]

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October 3, 2011

1.2 Million Reasons to Smile

One awesome evolution of the Building Tomorrow model has been the willingness of communities to make significant investments in the idea of a community supported school. At our first few sites, Building Tomorrow paid for the land on which our schools were constructed. As our Uganda team says, no one had any real good reason […]

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September 30, 2011

Building Tomorrow’s Five Year Commitment

New outreach to benefit more than 18,000 students. INDIANAPOLIS — Building Tomorrow, Inc., an Indianapolis-based social-profit enterprise has announced a new commitment to construct a total of 60 primary-level Building Tomorrow Academies in East Africa and to launch an initiative aimed at improving the quality of education in Ugandan communities by training over 450 current […]

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Party Time at Hope College

Here’s some creative fundraising for you: in addition to selling bricks through Building Tomorrow’s OneBrick Campaign, students at Hope College in Holland, Michigan organized a Rave for Uganda over the weekend, raising $770 towards the construction of a new school!

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September 28, 2011

Proud.

About a year ago, Building Tomorrow teamed up with the Jukes Foundation for Kids to provide ten scholarships for students to continue their studies following their completion of P7, the final level of schooling offered at Building Tomorrow academies. Of the 19 students who sat for the nationwide Primary Leaving Exam (PLE), 17 passed, and […]

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September 27, 2011

Welcome to the team, Edward!

A couple weeks before each visit I make to Uganda, I send our in-country team a list of meetings, visits and other important things I hope we can accomplish while I’m in Uganda. Atop that list each and every time is a first-day meeting with our entire in-country staff, and today reaffirmed why that will […]

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September 22, 2011

Run, Miles. Run!

Building Tomorrow is a big fan of athletic fundraisers. Aside from our national campaign, Bike to Uganda, where students attempt to bike the distance from their campus to Uganda, BT supporters have played football, volleyball, golf and socccer. They’ve walked and skipped, stood and sat and now, once again, they’re running. A few years ago […]

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September 21, 2011

BT on Good Morning Texas

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September 20, 2011

Happy (belated) Birthday, Christine!

This 25 (now 26 year-old) donated her birthday to Building Tomorrow via One Day’s Wages “Birthday for a Cause” campaign. Every dollar she raised is matched by One Day’s Wages to help build a new school for 325 kids in Uganda. Check out why she did it, what she accomplished and how you can do […]

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September 19, 2011

University of Notre Dame School of Architecture – Building Tomorrow

Original article in University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Newsletter, September 19, 2011 Building Tomorrow is one of the newest student groups at the School this year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s starting from scratch. Elijah Pearce, ’09, brought Building Tomorrow Inc. (BT) to Notre Dame in 2009 after hearing a lecture given […]

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September 16, 2011

Here We Go!

Do you remember the day you realized, ‘wow, I’m a big kid now?’ That’s the feeling coming over us all right now in the Building Tomorrow office as we get set for a hectic, fun-filled six weeks. Between now and the end of October, we’ll gather some of our North Carolina chapters for a regional […]

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September 13, 2011

Notre Dame Design:Build

In the fall of 2008, Elijah Pearce, a then undergraduate in the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, reached out to Building Tomorrow. Elijah had heard about our partnership with the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and was hopeful to start something similar. Over the next two years, Elijah and a few of […]

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September 8, 2011

BT Featured in The Daily Texan

The UT chapter of Building Tomorrow hosted a lecture this past Wednesday by the organization’s founder, George Srour.

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September 7, 2011

BT Across the US of A.

Our college chapters & young supporters are back in action with big plans for the upcoming semester. Kicking things off by making a big splash at activities fairs across the country, as one chapter president recently put it, “BT is BACK!” Here’s a look at some of what’s to come over the next few months: […]

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September 6, 2011

Labor Day Lemonade Stands

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! We’re especially excited about how Braden Stelljes celebrated in Williamsburg, VA: a lemonade stand for BT!

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Needs and Deeds

Design between architecture’s practice and academy for areas in need. By: Angie Schmitt for AIArchitect, Architect Magazine Imagine you have a $48,000 construction budget to build a school. The majority of your materials will have to originate from within a 6.2-mile radius of the building site. Also, the design will have to be simple enough […]

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September 2, 2011

UT Tabling for BT

Kappa Kappa Gammas at the University of Texas at Austin are back on-campus and tabling to support BT. Next week they’re hosting our very own George Srour for a couple days of discussions, Q&A sessions and presentations about Social Entrepreneurship and BT’s work in the US and Uganda.

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August 30, 2011

A School Day in Uganda

While our students in Uganda are currently on break and won’t be back in school until September 15th, we thought you might like to take a look at what a typical day looks like for them. Stumbled across this photo in our archives this morning: a daily schedule of classes for our 5th, 6th and […]

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August 25, 2011

What’s in your backpack?

Students across the country are headed back to school this week. And even if you don’t have kids or siblings of your own, it’s a hard fact to miss. For weeks, even months now, stores everywhere you look have been having “back-to-school” sales. My cousin, a 4th grade teacher, told me about one store’s weekly […]

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August 23, 2011

If this is what 13 year-olds are up to, the future looks brighter.

Building Tomorrow is founded on the belief that young people are not only full of potential for the future but highly capable of doing great things today. This summer, BTers of all ages have taken the initiative to step forward with their great fundraising ideas, and helped us have an extremely successful summer. We recently […]

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August 18, 2011

BT, It’s Been Real

Whether we want to believe it or not, the summer is almost over. Today is the last day in the office for us interns here at BT’s National Headquarters, so we wanted to leave you all with a little parting gift; a farewell blog to reflect on some of the projects we’ve embarked on this […]

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August 16, 2011

Corn, Corn, and More Corn.

Last Friday, BT was given a pretty great opportunity to work the corn booth at the Indiana State Fair to benefit our cause. A team of brave volunteers suited up in Building Tomorrow t-shirts, aprons, and gloves to tackle the daunting task. From 9 in the morning until 11 at night, they soaked, shucked, grilled, […]

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August 12, 2011

#PhotoOfTheDay

We often explain the work of BT using words to describe the schools we build, the US students who work hard to raise money and spread awareness, and our partner communities of dedicated adults and children in Uganda. But we find that pictures pretty much speak for themselves. Therefore, we’re letting the smiles and images […]

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August 10, 2011

It’s Our Job Now…

“…to appreciate what we have and work to better opportunities for others.” It is our mission at Building Tomorrow to engage youth in philanthropy and help them realize that they are capable of changing the lives of their peers around the world. This past December, St. Mary’s School in Memphis,Tennessee participated in Sit For Good, […]

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August 8, 2011

A Read-a-Thon for Education

This summer we’ve made a point to tell the incredible stories of our BTers and what they’re doing to change the world. One such inspiring student is Claire, a 21 year old changemaker at the University of California, Berkley. She is passionate about reading and describes some of her favorite memories as being inside the […]

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August 4, 2011

the BT Chip-In, sponsored by ExactTarget

Calling all Indiana Golfers – Close out the summer golf season at the Building Tomorrow Social Investment Council’s 2nd Annual BT Chip-In, sponsored by ExactTarget! One enjoyable day on the course helps provide access to the education that will open up a world of opportunities for children in Uganda. You might be out there to […]

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August 2, 2011

#BTweetathon

If you follow us on twitter, maybe you’ve heard a little bit about today’s #BTweetathon. Here at Building Tomorrow, we’re serious about the cause for education and are dedicated to doing what it takes, whatever it takes, to ensure that one day every child has access to a safe and local school. So we’ll be […]

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July 29, 2011

Moment of Obligation – $1.81

Building Tomorrow’s Founder & Chief Dreamer, George Srour, shared with us what he considers to be his “moment of obligation” – the point at which he knew he had to do something to improve learning environments and access to education for students in Uganda. It was near darkness inside the one-room building the students of […]

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July 27, 2011

Tubasanyukidde

As the school year approaches, our BT chapters are hard at work. Chapter leaders are making arrangements for call-out meetings, fundraisers, and other activities on campus. They’re also preparing for the BT national conference in September, where they can share ideas and brainstorm with students who share the same passion for education equality. And new […]

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July 25, 2011

Unrecognized Talent

As the world’s youngest nation, Uganda is a country full of hope and promise. It is a country geared towards a bright future, one that is fueled by young people with big dreams and even bigger hearts. Despite extreme poverty and a lack of education infrastructure, Ugandan children are finding ways to thrive. They are […]

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July 22, 2011

At Home and Abroad

Lately, our critics have asked us why we choose to work in Uganda when there is so much need at home. The education system in the United States is far from perfect, and yet we have chosen to dedicate our time, talent and resources to strangers half a world away. First of all, BT works […]

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July 20, 2011

A Birthday Wish for Education

Every year we wait impatiently to celebrate the one day that is all about us – our birthday. Most birthdays revolve around cake, a song, maybe an embarrassing hat or two, and most importantly, presents. But some generous BTers are using their birthdays to bring attention to the need for primary education in Africa. Through […]

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July 18, 2011

Meet George and Edith

In Uganda, one child’s education is a community affair. Today we’d like to introduce two incredible and inspiring teens who have committed themselves to providing opportunities for the next generation. Both George and Edith were in secondary school when Building Tomorrow first came to town, but this didn’t stop them from pioneering change for their […]

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July 15, 2011

The Cost of Doing Nothing

A lot of organizations will tell you how little it costs to make a difference towards their cause. It’s important to recognize the tangible change that our supporters can make. We’ve told you that $1 buys 10 bricks, that $52 sends a child in Uganda to school for a year, and countless other metrics by […]

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July 13, 2011

Drum Roll Please…

BT Nation, get excited, because earlier this week, Building Tomorrow officially joined forces with an awesome organization called One Day’s Wages. Through this partnership we will build another BT academy in Uganda and provide 325 more students with a primary education each year. One Day’s Wages is an organization with a truly inspirational mission that […]

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July 11, 2011

Meet Esther and Gertrude at Gita

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared many stories about our BT supporters in the United States. Everyone from elementary school sit-for-good participants to college chapter presidents and our board members are Building Tomorrow, in whatever way they can. When we look at our partners in Uganda, it’s clear that people of all ages are […]

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July 8, 2011

Everyone is Building Tomorrow

So you’ve browsed the “Get Involved” page on our website and identified with our cause. You’re passionate about education equality and that makes Building Tomorrow the perfect fit for you. Now the only question is how do you get started? We know that bridging the gap between finding what you want to do and physically […]

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July 6, 2011

Why Are You Building Tomorrow?

How exactly do volunteers and donors differentiate one non-profit organization from the next? We wondered, too – so here are a few statements from our BTers like you explaining why they are Building Tomorrow. Jordann – “‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ – Winston […]

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July 4, 2011

Random Opportunities for Kindness

BT supporters have come across our cause in more ways than we are even aware of, so it comes as no surprise when Ellie Chernosky of the University of Texas at Austin contacted us out of the blue about getting involved. As philanthropy chair for her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, she was looking for a […]

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July 1, 2011

You Are What You Wear

People and societies are deliberate in choosing how to dress themselves, because clothes fill more than one role. They protect us from our environments, decorate our bodies and can even be used to wordlessly communicate things about us as individuals. Our style is also a reflection of the cultures in which we live and participate, […]

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June 29, 2011

LugaFlow Flavor

So earlier this week we released our very first music video – a cover of “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa. We like to think that it’s made some people laugh, and brought new attention to our cause. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link. And our rapping got us thinking about the incredible music culture […]

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June 27, 2011

Build

Maybe you didn’t know this about us, but the Building Tomorrow Team is made up of a pretty sweet (and gangster) group of people. We’ve been told that we’re talented fundraisers and school-builders, but our true calling is hardcore rap – or ‘wrap’ if you’ve been following @Gsrour’s often mis-spelled tweets. ANYWAYS, we’re trying to […]

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June 24, 2011

James Wood High School

We got an exciting letter in the mail on Monday from a young BT supporter. Emily Crawford, a Key Club student at James Wood High School in Winchester, VA, learned about Building Tomorrow at last summer’s International Key Club Convention. As an active member of one of the largest high school volunteer organizations in the […]

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June 22, 2011

The Ndere Dance Troupe

If you’ve ever traveled to Uganda, chances are you’ve witnessed a performance by the famous Ndere Dance Troupe. If not – you’re missing out. As we continue in our exploration of the Ugandan culture, it only felt appropriate to bring your attention to a group of performers who are renowned as representatives of their country […]

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June 20, 2011

The Beautiful Game in Uganda

Athletic competition is an important part of most cultures worldwide. The popularity of such events as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup testify to the power of these games to inspire and unite us. Now, in the second week of our “I AM Building Tomorrow” campaign, we have chosen to explore the culture of […]

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June 17, 2011

“Be serious and you will succeed”

Building Tomorrow’s Country Director in Uganda, Joseph Kaliisa, addresses a group of P7 (7th grade) students at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi, supported by Key Club International.

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June 16, 2011

The very first Bike to Uganda

Although our founder, George Srour, hails from the College of William & Mary, Building Tomorrow’s first official fundraiser took place at his rival school – the University of Virginia. In the spring of 2007, the nine students that made up the school’s Building Tomorrow chapter decided to take on a challenge. With the help of […]

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June 14, 2011

If you’ve seen a lot of orange on FB lately…

Then our profile picture campaign is working. So far 100 Building Tomorrow supporters have changed their profile-pictures to our logo as a way of pledging their support. The words “I AM” are affixed to the top of this logo to identify them as an active contributor in global change. By broadcasting our name to friends […]

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June 9, 2011

Today is Ugandan Heroes’ Day

So we thought we’d take the time to recognize all of the incredible students and individuals who dedicate themselves to Building Tomorrow everyday. We often highlight the students that we’re helping, and the communities that we bring change to – but we sometimes fail to give due recognition to the fundraisers and awareness-builders in our […]

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June 7, 2011

Storms rolling in

Storms roll in during rainy season over the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya.

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June 3, 2011

BT Interns on ‘TV’!

Check out the interview one of our Social Media Interns, Estelle Rousseau, had with The Pulse Network for their “Follow Friday” series first thing this morning!

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June 2, 2011

So when we say we’re Social Entrepreneurs…

…we mean we’re in the business of making the world a better place. Social entrepreneurship is a fairly new course of action that combines two familiar concepts, entrepreneurial thinking and social change, to improve upon them both. Entrepreneurs are known for their ability to be innovative and problem-solve in business situations. They are very much […]

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May 31, 2011

Learn Luganda

Building Tomorrow is launching a new Twitter campaign to help our associates and supporters learn Luganda, the most widely spoken language in Uganda. At the end of every business day (approximately 5-6p.m.), we will be providing our followers with basic words and phrases that might be helpful when traveling and working in Uganda. Our first […]

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May 27, 2011

Changing the future starts with Building Tomorrow

(via Matthew Tully, Indianapolis Star) As I walked out of a restaurant recently, Jim Morris, the former head of the U.N. World Food Program, grabbed me and said there was someone at his table whose story I had to hear. He was talking about George Srour, a 2001 North Central graduate who has taken his […]

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May 26, 2011

A is for Avocado

Jjumba Cyprian is a soft-spoken man. Three years ago as construction began at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita, Jjumba took interest in the work Building Tomorrow was doing and joined our country director as a part time community mobilizer. First to arrive and seemingly never willing to leave, Jjumba’s determination is still a topic […]

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May 24, 2011

Why We Do What We Do – A BT Intern’s point of view

The number of charities and organizations representing various causes can be overwhelming. The search term “non-profit organizations” itself gets 38,800,000 hits on Google. So it’s reasonable for me to consider my position, giving up my summer for no pay as an intern at one of those establishments, and ask myself a fundamental question. “Why?” Among […]

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May 19, 2011

YesKidzCan!

Here at BT, we know a good thing when we see it. And YesKidzCan! is definitely a good thing. This organization supports social entrepreneurism and community service in the younger generations, K-5 to be more specific. They have been incredibly successful in their efforts, and were even recognized as a Distinguished Honoree by the Mom’s […]

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May 10, 2011

Building Communities

Last summer, Natalie Sutton founded a chapter of Building Tomorrow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and in one year, raised nearly $36,000 with the help of her classmates and friends to support the construction of a new BT academy in Uganda. Natalie graduated this past Sunday and we wanted to say WEBALE NYO […]

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Bubeezi Under Construction

Construction continues on the third & final classroom block at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Bubeezi in Mpigi District.

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April 27, 2011

Construction at Kyeitabya

The ring beam was recently cast at on the 1st classroom block at the BT Academy of Kyeitabya and the 2nd classroom block is beginning to take shape!

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April 18, 2011

The Road Ahead

Over the last 24 hours, the Building Tomorrow staff have received a number of e-mails, text messages and phone calls wondering what we think of the recent allegations brought against Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the Central Asia Institute. Though word began leaking on Friday about the 60 […]

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April 12, 2011

On Reflection – Students I’ll Long Remember

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April 6, 2011

Plan B

One of the many things we’ve learned over time at Building Tomorrow is the importance of Plan B (and C, D, E, F, etc.). In short, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Construction documents don’t get approved in as timely a manner as we’d like, materials aren’t in stock for weeks or the unexpected […]

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Awesome event signage

Check out this awesome signage put up by the Building Tomorrow chapter at Davidson College for their annual “How far would you walk for an education?” fundraiser!

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April 5, 2011

Place a brick.

(The following is a poem written by one of our supporters, Fernanda Cámara. We hope you like it as much as we do!) Place a brick. Host dreams, host hope, host a future, sponsor a wide smile and thousands will be grateful. Help place a brick and start Building Tomorrow. www.buildingtomorrow.org/onebrick

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Symbolic bike ride funds new school

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March 31, 2011

U.Va. Duo Receives Davis Projects for Peace Grant

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March 28, 2011

Getting involved is easier than you think.

As Building Tomorrow gets bigger and bigger, more people are joining this great cause. One of those many people is I, Tori Blum, the thirteen year old volunteer at Building Tomorrow, trying to make a difference. I got involved in Building Tomorrow in 6th grade when a classmate of mine. Amy Lootens and her sister […]

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March 22, 2011

World Water Day

Amazzi. If you’re at a Building Tomorrow site, amazzi is a vital ingredient. Not only must jerrycan after jerrycan be filled of it to mix with cement, spray on drying bricks and feed new seedlings—its the one provision that will ensure volunteers, workers and even future students come ready each morning to build their own […]

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March 16, 2011

A mother’s smile

Nabaseruka Specioza smiles at the opening ceremony of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Sentigi, the school she and many mothers just like her helped build for her children.

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March 14, 2011

What does an education cost?

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March 8, 2011

Photo of the week: Gertrude

Gertrude Nanugga has lived in Gita, Uganda her whole life. She has seven children and eight grandchildren. While she only went to school through P3, she is proud to say that her children have been able to continue their education far beyond hers… Read more of here story, here »

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In honor of International Women’s Day…

Four years ago when our Building Tomorrow country director arrived for his first meeting in a tiny village called Lutisi, he was greeted by a team of eager women. They had heard of Building Tomorrow’s pledge to construct a school in their community in exchange for 20,000 hours of labor. They were ready to roll. […]

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February 25, 2011

90 Percent.

For four years we have shared with you some pretty exciting stories—new Building Tomorrow Academies getting built, students raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in classrooms and on campus and dignitaries such as Archbishop Tutu supporting our vision. Today, we have some darn awesome news, and its unlike any we’ve shared with you before. In […]

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February 24, 2011

Helping To Build Uganda’s Future, One School At A Time

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February 22, 2011

Director’s Take: Uganda’s Presidential Elections

As elections have consumed Uganda over the last few weeks, many supporters and colleagues have inquired as to my thoughts about the elections and who I may/may not be supporting. Followers of Building Tomorrow know that we work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Education and the Vice President of Uganda’s office to successfully pull off […]

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What Did Your Education Cost?

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February 19, 2011

Indianapolis business community pitches in for Ugandan school

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February 17, 2011

Jomba – Footage of the day’s events

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Introducing…the BT Academy of Jomba

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially declare the new…

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February 14, 2011

Photo of the week: Bubeezi

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Building Tomorrow, One challenge at a time.

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February 11, 2011

Photo of the week: Construction in Kyeitabya

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February 9, 2011

3 campaigners, 6 years, 7 schools: Building Tomorrow

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February 8, 2011

video of the week: Updates from Uganda!

Check out photos & video footage from our latest trip to Uganda! Academies featured: Gita, Jomba, Kyeitabya, Kiyamba, Nakaseeta & Bubeezi! Also hear a few words from Dr. Martin Were, a member of Building Tomorrow’s Board of Directors who was able to join us!

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What can you do with a dollar?

In 90 seconds, we can make one brick in Uganda. In time, we’ll make 24,000 bricks. And 24,000 bricks builds a school; that empowers a community; who raises a generation; that can change the world. And it all starts with $1, one brick, and you. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved with Building Tomorrow, […]

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February 4, 2011

Jomba #5

The BT Academy of Jomba (#7) is open!

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February 3, 2011

Jomba #4

Community members, family & friends of future BT students worked together to ready the BT Academy of Jomba for its opening.

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February 2, 2011

Jomba #3

A HUGE thank you to the City of Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for supporting the construction of the new BT Academy of Jomba!

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February 1, 2011

Jomba #2

Community leaders (in yellow) celebrate the opening of their new Academy with lots and lots of singing and dancing! These leaders make up Building Tomorrow’s ‘Community Organizing Committee’ – there’s one at every school – and their job is to oversee construction and motivate their communities to pitch in.

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January 31, 2011

Your School Costs a Lot More Than the Ones in Uganda

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Jomba daily photo 1!

A classroom cleaned & ready for desks at the new BT Academy of Jomba, supported by the City of Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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January 28, 2011

What did your education cost?

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Behind the scenes @ Clark Elementary

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January 27, 2011

video of the week: Clark Elementary Sits for Good

“…and even a child can make big changes, too.” Well said, Clark Elementary.

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Photo of the week: Allan

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January 26, 2011

School is Expensive

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January 25, 2011

Building Tomorrow

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What does an education cost?

My dad always told me that nothing in life is free. Turns out…he was right. In 2000, the United Nations declared Universal Primary Education as a Millennium Development Goal, one of eight targets that the UN hopes to achieve by 2015. Simply stated? Universal Primary Education, or UPE, refers to the goal of enrolling every […]

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January 18, 2011

Photo of the week: Jomba’s Opening

Over the weekend, community members, local leaders, BT staff, supporters from the US and even the VP of Uganda came together to celebrate the opening of Building Tomorrow’s 7th Academy in Uganda – the BT Academy of Jomba, jointly supported by the City of Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Webale nnyo to everyone […]

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January 13, 2011

Six Campus Groups Receive Arthur R. Metz Philanthropic Funds for Student Projects

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January 12, 2011

Video of the week: BT + Bananagrams

We’re pretty big fans of bananagrams, if you can’t tell. It’s a great brain-break after long days @ the office! What’s your favorite game?? And if you do wanna help…check out the many ways you can get involved! elementary + middle schools high schools (esp. key clubs!) college students teachers young professionals everyone

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January 6, 2011

Photo of the week: Updates from Kyeitabya

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December 20, 2010

Photo of the week: King & Queen of the Ugly Sweater Party!

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December 16, 2010

Photo of the week: Let it snow!

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December 13, 2010

Video of the week: Happy Holidays

Our school bells are ringing. All thanks to you. Happy Holidays! -the Building Tomorrow team (thanks to Lauren Henson for the piano music!)

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December 8, 2010

Photo of the week: Finishing touches at Jomba

Finishing touches are being added to the Building Tomorrow Academy of Jomba, jointly supported by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the City of Indianapolis.

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December 6, 2010

bricks > coffee

by Katelin Carter, VP of Outreach at the Building Tomorrow Chapter at Ball State University (link to original bsubt.wordpress.com) This video is of community volunteers making stabilized soil bricks for the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya. This holiday season, I would love if you would consider donating $25 to Building Tomorrow. That $25 purchases 225 […]

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December 4, 2010

Hip Hop meets Bike to Uganda

UNC’s Hip Hop Dance Team, Kamikazi, performs for bikers (and hundreds of passers-by) at UNC’s first-ever Bike to Uganda. Kamikazi was one of many groups to perform throughout the week; assisting the school’s Building Tomorrow Chapter in making a HUGE splash on campus…the chapter raised over $30,000 towards the construction of a new primary-level academy […]

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December 2, 2010

World Cup Perspective

Following the announcement of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments (to be held in Russia and Qatar respectively), the Building Tomorrow Bureau of Statistics and Research brought out the calculator (one of those big, fancy ones) to understand just how much money will be spent to make the ’22 […]

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November 29, 2010

Photo of the week: Sarah

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Meet Sarah

name Sarah Wanyana age 7 years old (musanvu) home Kyeitabya, Uganda (Kiboga District) class P2 Sarah lives with her mother and two of her six older siblings. Unfortunately, Sarah’s father passed away and, to support her and her two sisters (Maureen and Nakibule), her mother splits her time between a nearby outdoor brewery and farming […]

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November 19, 2010

Video of the week: Lutisi in 60 seconds

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November 15, 2010

Photo of the week: Design & Build

From concept to construction…Building Tomorrow’s N.A. Barakat Academy of Nakaseeta is taking shape. Designed by a team of engineers with Gifford LLP in London, winners of the rural design portion of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom, the Academy marks the third time that Building Tomorrow has teamed up with architects around the world to […]

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November 12, 2010

Video of the week: How are we Building Tomorrow in Uganda?

Hear from Joseph Kaliisa, BT’s Country Director in Uganda, as he describes many of the ways he and his staff are Building Tomorrow for thousands of underserved children and communities throughout rural Uganda.

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November 8, 2010

Photo of the week: What do you want to be when you grow up?

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November 5, 2010

Video of the week: Celebrations at Sentigi

Hundreds of community members enjoy song and dance celebrations at the opening of their new school, the BT Academy of Sentigi, supported by the University of Notre Dame.

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BT ‘Walks the Talk,’ Opens Sixth Academy in Uganda

NOVEMBER 2, 2010—More than 200 community members, future students and local dignitaries officially opened the Building Tomorrow Academy of Sentigi, supported by the University of Notre Dame in the rural village deep inside the Wakiso District of Uganda. Classes will begin at the new Academy in January 2011, in conjunction with the start of the […]

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November 2, 2010

Photo of the week: Brick by Brick @ Middlebury

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October 30, 2010

Starting somewhere.

by Valerie Carnevale, VP of Fundraising at the Building Tomorrow Chapter at Ball State University (link to original bsubt.wordpress.com) I was driving home today, listening to the radio, and I heard this interesting fact: “$21 million was spent on Halloween candy this year.” I don’t know if that’s just in America, or worldwide, but I […]

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October 28, 2010

Video of the week: How is BT perceived in Uganda?

Hear what one District Representative in Sentigi, Uganda had to say at the opening ceremony for the new BT Academy of Sentigi, supported by the University of Notre Dame.

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October 25, 2010

Meet Kayima

name Joseph Kayima (Kayima) age 5 years old (tanno) home Kyeitabya, Uganda (Kiboga District) class starting P1 next year Kayima is your typical 5-year old…all hugs one moment and “play”-fighting with his friends the next. Although he’s faced more than his share of challenges already in life, you wouldn’t know it from the huge smile […]

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Photo of the week: Kayima

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October 20, 2010

Video of the week: Practicing English @ Lutisi

Students at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi, supported by Key Club International, practice their English for friends and family at their school’s anniversary celebration.

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October 19, 2010

Photo of the week: BT @ Franklin College

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October 14, 2010

Video of the week: an Interview with Jennifer Bunkwaitse, Headmistress at Lutisi

Jennifer Bunkwaitse, Headmistress at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi, supported by Key Club International, talks to Building Tomorrow about what she likes most about working with children, the challenges of starting a new school, how she strives to act as a role model for other teachers, how children (especially girls) are impacted by their […]

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October 13, 2010

Updates from Uganda: Jomba

Finishing touches on the P6 classroom floor @ the BT Academy of Jomba!

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October 12, 2010

Photo of the week: Nakaseeta

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October 6, 2010

Students ‘Bike to Uganda’ to raise money for school construction

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October 5, 2010

Photo of the week: Bike to Uganda at UNC-Chapel Hill

This week, hundreds of students, faculty and community members are biking to Uganda at UNC-Chapel Hill in an effort to raise enough money to fund the construction of a primary academy in Uganda. Check it out @ http://buildingtomorrow.org/btu/unc [/caption]

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October 4, 2010

Video of the week: Brick making 101

Community volunteers in Uganda’s Kiboga District form interlocking stabilized soil bricks (ISSBs) for the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya. The bricks are made from locally available soil mixed with a small amount of cement. The BT Academy of Kyeitabya is one of three BT academies in Uganda currently utilizing ISSB technology.

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September 28, 2010

Building Tomorrow: Bike to Uganda @ UNC

By Sonya Chugar (Her Campus) (view original article online at hercampus.com) Noodles, bikes and a charitable spirit. In the next couple of weeks, these three facets will combine to launch a huge fundraiser in Chapel Hill that will hopefully result in a new school in Uganda within a year. The UNC chapter of Building Tomorrow, […]

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September 27, 2010

Video of the week: an interview with Gerald Kasibante

In the early spring of 2009, when BT first visited the community of Sentigi to discuss the possibility of opening the community’s first-ever permanent school building, Gerald Kasibante, a council elder in Sentigi, pledged his full support. “I will give the land. When do we start?” Little did Mr. Kasibante know that students at Notre […]

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Photo of the week: Apollo Muganiirast

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Student group stands up to promote education in Uganda

By Margaret Ely | IDS Reports (view original article online at www.idsnews.com) POSTED AT 10:30 PM ON Sep. 26, 2010 Junior Parth Patel stood on his feet for 24 hours Friday, starting at 3 a.m. But you won’t catch him complaining. “I did IU Dance Marathon. That was 36 hours,” Patel said. “I got like […]

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September 23, 2010

5 years. 38 million children.

It’s 2010. And there are still 38 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who do not have access to primary education. Ten years ago, the Millennium Development Goals Summit made a plan to take a stand for education and committed to ensuring that every child in the world would have access to a free primary education […]

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September 20, 2010

Video of the week: A donor’s impact in Uganda

Joseph Kaliisa, Building Tomorrow’s Country Director in Uganda, describes the impact your donations & support have on students & communities throughout Uganda.

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Photo of the week: Progress at Nakaseeta

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September 13, 2010

Video of the week: tour the future BT Academy of Kyeitabya

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Meet Paolo

name. Paolo Ssekate age. 8 years old (munana) home. Kyeitabya, Uganda (Kiboga District) class. P1 Paolo is all personality. It doesn’t hurt that he’s positively adorable, too but that’s another story… The first time our team in Uganda met Paolo he was the quiet kid standing alone on the dirt road in front of their […]

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Photo of the week: Paolo!

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September 10, 2010

Celebrating Education

The DePauw, Issue date: 9/10/10 (view original article online @ http://media.thedepauw.com) Members of Jack Daddy Sunrise perform at Building Tomorrow’s kick-off concert Wednesday night in Bowman Park. AudioDax also performed at the concert to support Building Tomorrow. The concert was free, and the organization sold Ugandan jewery and Building Tomorrow T-shirts to fundraise, and attendees […]

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September 6, 2010

Photo of the week: Exams at Buwasa

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Video of the week: the StandOff

This month, college students across the country will be taking a stand for something we all too often take for granted: education. Join them » buildingtomorrow.org/standoff

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August 30, 2010

Video of the week – A look @ rural Uganda

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Photo of the week: ISSBs for the future BT Academy of Bubeezi

The future BT Academy of Bubeezi, supported by The Engage Network, is BT’s first to be constructed using interlocking stabilized soil brick (ISSB) technology. The technology allows for bricks to be made on-site, out of local materials, by members of the community, with significantly less mortar and cement than clay-fired bricks and sans any form […]

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August 25, 2010

BT Academy of Gita, supported by U.Va., opens

KAMPALA (18 August 2010)—Hundreds of parents, families, students and prominent local leaders joined in a seven-hour chorus of celebration commemorating the grand opening of the Building Tomorrow (BT) Academy of Gita supported by the University of Virginia (U.Va.). The Academy’s nearly 200 students headlined a song and dance marathon that lasted well in to the […]

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August 24, 2010

Meet Shaloni

Shaloni Nakayemba, age 9, lives in Kyeitabya with her mother and two of her six older siblings: Nasuna and Godfrey. To make a living, Shaloni’s mother works as a farmer and is also fortunate to have one cow, one pig and three hens. When asked what she was most excited about for her new school, […]

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Photo of the week: Immaculate

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Video of the week: Opening ceremonies at Gita

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August 2, 2010

Nakaseeta 8/2/2010

Brand new construction photos of BT’s N.A. Barakat Academy of Nakaseeta

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July 26, 2010

Arch Students Build School in Uganda

Notre Dame students team up with Indianapolis non-profit Building Tomorrow to build schools in Uganda

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July 16, 2010

Indy social-profit building schools in Uganda

Working for equal education, brick by brick

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July 12, 2010

BT Statement on Kampala Attacks

Building Tomorrow Uganda’s six in-country staff members and all overseas visitors touring BT sites were unaffected by Sunday evening’s terrorist bombings in Kampala. While we are grateful for their safety, our entire organization’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who’ve lost loved ones in this attack. We are especially saddened to hear […]

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July 2, 2010

3 Clicks 1 Brick Facebook Challenge!

We’re trying to raise the resources for a new classroom in Uganda and we need your help! We’ve secured the help of a donor who has offered to donate 1 brick for every 3 supporters we get for Facebook Causes. If we can get to our goal of 10,000 supporters, we’ll have over 3,000 bricks- […]

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July 1, 2010

Building Tomorrow’s 3 Clicks 1 Brick Challenge!

We’re trying to raise the resources for a new classroom in Uganda and we need your help! We’ve secured the help of a donor who has offered to donate 1 brick for every 3 supporters we get for Facebook Causes. If we can get to our goal of 10,000 supporters, we’ll have over 3,000 bricks- […]

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June 17, 2010

Laying Foundation for Change in Uganda

While most college graduates spend the weeks after graduation traveling or relaxing before starting a job, Brian Droste spent his time laying the foundation for a school in Uganda.

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June 10, 2010

More Photos from the Uganda Trip

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June 8, 2010

6/8 Update

The group has officially departed Uganda and are on their way back home to the U.S.

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June 7, 2010

6/7 Update

The trip winds down with the final days in Kyeitabya.

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June 2, 2010

6/2 Update

The grouped teamed up with community members to tackle a big problem: termites.

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Building Tomorrow Blog

Click here to visit our new blog!

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June 1, 2010

6/1 Update

A relaxing weekend highlights the end of an eventful week for the group.

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May 28, 2010

5/28 Uganda Update

Another busy day at the construction site.

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May 27, 2010

5/27 Uganda Update

Some serious manual labor and yoga highlight a busy day in Kyeitabya.

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May 26, 2010

Uganda Update

Armed with machetes and an indomitable spirit, the group begins work in Kyeitabya.

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May 24, 2010

Let the work begin!

The team arrived safely in Kyeitabya and attended the Uganda-Kenya soccer match over the weekend.

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May 20, 2010

Academy of Kyeitabya

KAMPALA—Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT) is proud to announce the commencement of construction at the BT Academy of Kyeitabya supported by the University of Notre Dame (ND).

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May 19, 2010

Uganda in T-1 Days!

Tomorrow, a delegation of eight students from the University of Notre Dame & DePauw University will join BT on a trek across the Atlantic. Destination: Kyeitabya, Uganda.

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April 30, 2010

Accelerating toward the finish line: Building Tomorrow at nearly $35,000

(view original article online @ http://bit.ly/amzrLL) By Amelia Montgomery Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 On any college campus the promise of a cheap meal usually works wonders to ensure the success of a charity event, but it certainly never hurts if the event raises funds for a cause that everyone can believe in. A prime […]

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April 21, 2010

Student bikers race to build schools in Uganda

(view original article online @ http://middleburycampus.com/2010/04/21/student-bikers-race-to-build-schools-in-uganda/) 21 April 2010 by Steven Dunmire So much for the T.A.M. Last week, Middlebury cyclists spent their workouts biking to Uganda! Not literally, of course. Proctor Terrace played host to several exercise bikes last week as part of the campus-wide Bike to Uganda fundraiser. Hosted by Middlebury’s chapter of […]

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Glass Bikes for a Cause

(view original article online @ http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/genrel/042110aaa.html) Hoosier Athletics April 21, 2010 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass lent a helping hand to Building Tomorrow on Tuesday, taking part in the organization’s “Bike to Uganda” charity event which is taking place during Little 500 week on the IU campus. […]

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April 20, 2010

Happenings beyond the track

(view original article online @ http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=75364) By IDS | IDS POSTED AT 04:57 PM ON Apr. 20, 2010 In addition to residence halls and greek houses, other campus units often come together to form teams. In previous years, a team of women representing the IU Army ROTC has competed. This year the IU Air Force […]

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April 16, 2010

Students bike, raise money for Uganda

(view original article online @ http://thehullabaloo.com/2010/04/16/students-bike-raise-money-for-uganda/) Organization aims to raise $45,000 for a school in Uganda By Caitlin Conley | Section: Apr 16th, 2010 April 16th 2010 Print Edition, Issues, News Members of the organization Building Tomorrow biked hundreds of miles this week to raise money for a school in Kampala, Uganda. Their goal is […]

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Bike to Uganda connects philanthropy to Little 5

(view original article online @ http://tiny.cc/s8978) By: Katherine Janowski The DePauw Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Going the Distance Little 5 2010 This year, Little 5 cyclists won’t be riding just for campus glory. Building Tomorrow, an organization on campus dedicated to raising $45,000 to build a school in Uganda, has worked to create campus-wide events […]

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April 7, 2010

BT enters the Little 500 scene at IU!

(view original press release online @ http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/13981.html) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Even before the 60th running of the men’s Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University takes place, the competitive juices may be flowing for some alumni who are coming back to participate in special races of their own. little 500 race “We’ve heard of some […]

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March 16, 2010

Studio reCOVER – Gita Primary School Wins The American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award

(view original article online @ http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/AIAB082418) 2010 AIA Education Honor Awards Program Studio reCOVER – Gita Primary School The American Institute of Architects announces the Education Honor Awards to recognize the achievement of individuals who serve the profession as outstanding teachers. The awards celebrate excellence in architecture education as demonstrated in classroom, studio, and/or community […]

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March 9, 2010

Senior Hopes to Finish “Building Tomorrow” for Children in Uganda Before She Graduates

(view original article online @ http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x39280.xml) contact Bill Giduz, Davidson College Davidson College senior Lindsay Kallman doesn’t intend to graduate without having built a school in the African country of Uganda. Kallman was a founding member four years ago of the Davidson chapter of Building Tomorrow, an international non-profit group that raises funds and awareness […]

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March 3, 2010

Sitting Down for a Good Cause

(view original article online @ http://www.uskidsmags.com) by Elizabeth G. Terry, U.S. Kids – Jack and Jill Magazine photos by Aaron Eichorst What if there wasn’t a school in your town? Would you walk miles to get to one? Would you sit on the floor if there weren’t any desks and scribble your lessons in the […]

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March 1, 2010

Students join forces to build Ugandan schools

(view original article online @ http://www.wfu.edu/wowf/2010/20100227.building.php) By Cherin Poovey (P ’08) Office of Communications and External Relations In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, a group of students have created a Wake Forest chapter of Building Tomorrow. The international non-profit organization raises money to build elementary schools in Uganda, where only 50 percent of the population […]

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February 1, 2010

A word from Desmond Tutu…

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Building Tomorrow supports education in Wakiso

(view original article online here http://bit.ly/9N2Lmg) by Ephraim Kasozi, Daily Monitor, Uganda Kampala Over 1,500 pupils at Sentigi, Gita and Jomba-Masuliita are to acquire free education from schools within their localities in the new term that begins today. Building Tomorrow-Uganda, a non government organization, constructed the school facilities on land donated by local communities. Mr […]

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January 21, 2010

NC grad encourages elementary students to help others

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/9tMF9l) by Gretchen Becker, Indy Star It’s been less than 10 years since George Srour graduated from North Central High School, but he is already building schools for children in Africa. Srour runs Building Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that builds schools in Uganda. He shared his story at his former […]

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January 13, 2010

…and then there were eight!

On Monday, January 11, amidst an eager crowd of community members and volunteers, BT staff and local leaders, Building Tomorrow broke ground on its eighth academy: the Building Tomorrow Academy of Bubeezi, supported by the Engage Network. The Academy, located in Nyomero, Uganda, is approximately one hour from downtown Kampala. Community members in and around […]

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October 22, 2009

Building Tomorrow with George Srour

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/4DhEvB) Posted by Michelle Garrett Source: BBA News – McCombs Undergraduate Business School On October 29, George Srour, Founder of Building Tomorrow (BT), will visit McCombs for a discussion of BT’s mission, his experience in starting a non-profit organization, and his motivation for a career in philanthropy. Srour, 26, is […]

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October 20, 2009

Founder of Building Tomorrow to speak at UT

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/KEVK3) by GradNews The Official Blog of the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin If you’ve ever been interested in the non-profit sector or just want to get a little inspired, an exciting opportunity is coming up next Thursday, October 29. A Q & A session with […]

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October 12, 2009

BT & Key Club International

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We’re Building Tomorrow. Wanna help?

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Have you given your $1 yet?

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$1.81

(view original article at http://bit.ly/dsUnR) Spirit & Place Festival By GEORGE SROUR At first glance, the Meeting Point Learning Centre in the middle of Kampala’s largest slum looked as though its time had passed many years ago. In a building barely standing, where termites made their home inside the wood-paneled outer walls, and cardboard boxes […]

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What Do You Stand For?

GREENCASTLE, IN (27 Sept 2009)—This past weekend, DePauw University took a stand for Universal Primary Education. Six students in the newly formed chapter of Building Tomorrow stood on the corner of Hanna & Locust Streets, (the main intersection at the university) adhering to three rules for 24 hours straight: no sitting, no leaning, no sleeping. […]

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Winners Announced: 2009 Open Architecture Challenge

September 8th, 2009 – A team of young engineers from Gifford LLP, a London-based engineering consultancy firm, received the award for Best Rural Classroom Design for the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom for their design for a new rural classroom for Building Tomorrow–one of three building partners in the competition. According to Gifford’s web site, […]

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Groundbreaking Takes Place at UWRF Supported BT Academy of Jomba

KAMPALA, UGANDA (17 August)—Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT) is proud to announce the groundbreaking of the future BT Academy of Jomba, supported by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and the City of Indianapolis. The Academy, expected to eventually house more than 300 students, will serve the four villages of Jomba, Kibone, Kitinda and Kawooya in […]

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School Bells Ring at Building Tomorrow Academy of Kiyamba

(05 June 2009) INDIANAPOLIS—Parents this morning in the village of Kiyamba, Uganda did what they’ve anticipated doing for nearly 18 months—sending their kids off to their first day of school inside classrooms they built with over 25,000 hours of donated labor. Amidst much excitement, the Building Tomorrow (BT) Academy of Kiyamba officially opened its doors […]

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Design for Tomorrow

Will you design the classroom of the future? BT and Architecture for Humanity (AFH) have teamed up in search of an innovative and cost effective design for the next generation of BT Academies through this year’s 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Portable Classrooms. According to the World Bank, putting all children worldwide in school by 2015 […]

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Bike to Uganda 2009: Coming Soon to a School Near You!

This April, five universities across the country will take on a challenge of epic proportions. In total, they will attempt to bike 30,000+ miles and raise $100,000+ to fund the construction of primary academies throughout central Uganda. Bike to Uganda is Building Tomorrow’s most successful fund-raiser to date. Over the past two years, thousands of […]

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Students Return from Uganda with Renewed Enthusiasm for BT

A delegation of 11 undergraduate students and four adults recently returned from a two week trip to Uganda, the first of three BT teams to travel to the region in 2009. The crew, comprised of six students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), two students from the University of Notre Dame (ND), two students […]

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International Competition Launches to Improve the Design of Classrooms Around the World

Davos, Switzerland – Thursday, January 29, 2009 — Worldwide, 776 million people are illiterate. To address this crisis by providing access to a quality education for all children, there is an urgent need to upgrade the crumbling infrastructure of tens of millions of existing classrooms, and build ten million new classrooms. Meeting this challenge represents […]

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Vice President of Uganda Endorses Building Tomorrow

KAMPALA, UGANDA–On the eve of the groundbreaking for the Building Tomorrow (BT) Academy of Gita, His Excellency the Vice President of Uganda, Prof. Gilbert B. Bukenya endorsed the work of BT in a private meeting held at the Statehouse in the capital city of Kampala. “The work BT is doing in the Wakiso District is […]

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Construction Begins for Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita

GITA, UGANDA—To the beat of native drums, Building Tomorrow (BT) and the village community of Gita, Uganda celebrated the groundbreaking of the BT Academy of Gita, supported by the University of Virginia (UVA), which will provide the first-ever permanent public school structure within a 15 km radius for approximately 325 children by mid-2009. Financially backed […]

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BT Chapter Updates

Three BT chapters and partners have had a very productive year, raising funds for three new primary schools in Uganda Charlottesville,Vir. – Students involved with BuildingTomorrow, Inc. (BT) at the University of Virginia hosted three fundraisers this past school year to collect money to build a primary school in Uganda. In September they held “Mid […]

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BT Begins Construction in Kiyamba

New primary school funded by Butler University’s chapter of Ambassadors for Children will be BT’s first school in the Kiboga District INDIANAPOLIS—Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT) is proud to announce the June 2008 groundbreaking of a new primary school in Kiyamba, Uganda. Students from the Butler University chapter of Ambassadors for Children in Indianapolis, Ind., raised […]

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Two BT Academies to Open

Villages of Bembe and Buwasa ready for the opening of two new primary school academies, set to serve a total of 650 students in grades P1-P7. KAMPALA—On May 20, 2008, Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT) along with U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Steven Browning will officially open the doors to two new primary school academies serving rural […]

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BT Wraps Up Awesome 2007

As Building Tomorrow (BT) wraps up its first full year as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we have much to be excited about. The year has been a largely successful one with great growth throughout our university chapter network, the start of construction on two new BT Academies in Uganda and the right elements in […]

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Hima Cement is Building Tomorrow

Donation of 350 bags of cement (17,500kg) from Hima Cement to be used in construction for BT Academy of Bembe, scheduled to open in early 2008. KAMPALA, UGANDA (12 September 2007)—Responding to the overwhelming need to build more classrooms in the youngest country in the world, Hima Cement, a LaFarge Company announced Wednesday a contribution […]

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BT Founder Named Echoing Green Fellow

Organization selected as one of 20 worldwide to receive seed funding and support to continue expansion both in United States and Uganda. Building Tomorrow, an international non-profit organization empowering young people to raise funds and awareness to benefit vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa, has announced that it has been awarded a prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship. […]

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Plans Take Shape for New BT Academy

To get the most up-to-date information and recent pictures of the BT Academy of Bembe, click here! In line with Building Tomorrow’s (BT) goal of opening classrooms for 1,000 children by the start of 2008, BT is proud to announce the planned groundbreaking of the BT Academy of Bembe this July. Located about 45km outside […]

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Join the Race to Uganda!

Marathons, century rides and decathlons will take a back seat this April as The University of Virginia and The College of William & Mary chapters of Building Tomorrow (BT) stage the first annual Race to Uganda, a week-long bicycle race covering 7200 miles, the approximate distance between Virginia and the country of Uganda. Both campuses […]

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First ’07 BT Delegation in Uganda

A delegation of 13 undergraduate students and four adults are in Uganda for two weeks as part of the first of three BT teams to travel to the region in 2007. The crew, comprised of nine students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), five students from the University of Virginia (UVa) and one student […]

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Tutu Named BT Honorary Chairman

Known as a champion of peace, an inspiration to the global community and a believer in the power of young people, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair of Building Tomorrow, a nationwide non-profit initiative encouraging philanthropy among students by raising awareness and funds to build and support educational infrastructure for […]

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BT Announces Opening of First School

KAMPALA, UGANDA – 29 April 2006 – Sixteen months after a surprise Christmas Day 2004 delivery of $45,000 by students representing the College of William & Mary and Indianapolis community, Meeting Point Kampala (MPK) and Building Tomorrow (BT) proudly announce the opening of a new three-story Learning Centre that will serve nearly 700 children in […]

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October 8, 2009

Davidson Orchestra Plans ‘Concerts for a Cause’

(view original story online at http://bit.ly/3Mzb0h) By Megan Sprague | Lake Norman Navigator Source: Mooresville Tribune Published: October 8, 2009 The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra is lending a helping hand this year with “Concerts for a Cause.” Director Tara Chamra said the idea stemmed from her students, many of whom are very involved in community […]

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September 22, 2009

Building Tomorrow Together

(view original story online at http://bit.ly/ckUSe) By: Ellen Kobe The DePauw Posted: 9/22/09 There are 41 million children living in sub-Saharan Africa who do not receive an education. With the help of a new campus organization, Building Tomorrow, DePauw is taking steps to achieve a solution. Building Tomorrow is a not-for-profit organization in Indianapolis founded […]

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September 16, 2009

Winners Announced

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/competitions/challenge/2009

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Sound Migration feat. DJ Solly Concert Benefiting Building Tomorrow (DePauw)

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September 10, 2009

Competing for a Cause

Competing for a Cause http://arieff.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/competing-for-a-cause/

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June 8, 2009

School Opens in Uganda Thanks to Butler Student Fundraising Effort

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June 5, 2009

School Bells Ring at Building Tomorrow Academy of Kiyamba

(05 June 2009) INDIANAPOLIS—Parents this morning in the village of Kiyamba, Uganda did what they’ve anticipated doing for nearly …

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May 5, 2009

Building a Future

NEED – The Humanitarian Magazine http://www.needmagazine.com/blog/2009/05/05/building-a-future/ http://needmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/05/building-future.html (original story below) Building a Future Posted by Sudhin Shah on May 5th 2009 in NEED Magazine Esther lives in Gita, Uganda, where soon she will go to school for free. Her mother, Hariyet, is helping to clear land and dig foundations for Esther’s new school. Hariyet, who […]

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April 29, 2009

Building Tomorrow founder lectures on development, education

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/4e1vkk) By Kelsey Lilley Source: The Davidsonian Wednesday, April 29, 2009 It started with a question. “How many of you passed first grade?” All hands went up. “The reason I asked you that question is because…we’re dealing with issues and trends that are really, really troubling.” Monday night in the […]

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March 18, 2009

Tech races UVa to Uganda in charity event

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/KZx8P) by Ryan Trapp, CT news staff writer Source: CollegiateTimes.com Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Virginia Tech is holding its first ever Bike to Uganda event in which the university will race against the University of Virginia in an effort to raise money for the construction of schools in the impoverished […]

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January 29, 2009

Students work with Uganda Schools

(view original story online at http://bit.ly/khN8w) By: Molly Madden Source: The Observer Posted: 1/29/09 About a dozen upper-level architecture students have teamed up with non-profit organization, Building Tomorrow and are designing and raising money to build a school in Uganda. “With this project we’re acting on two fronts,” said Elijah Pearce, a fifth-year architecture student […]

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November 7, 2008

Space to dream: Alumni choose vocations of service

(view original article online at http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/archive/2008/wm-alumni-choose-vocations-of-service-001.php) by Erin Zagursky Source: William & Mary News & Events November 7, 2008 Since starting a nonprofit organization to build schools in sub-Saharan Africa, George Srour (’05) has had plenty of “I can’t believe this” moments — on both ends of the spectrum. For example, there was the time […]

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October 23, 2008

With Support From U.Va., Construction Begins on New School in Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/QL0Dr) by: Jane Ford Source: UVA Today October 23, 2008 — To the beat of native drums, Building Tomorrow and the village of Gita, Uganda, celebrated the Oct. 14 groundbreaking of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita. Supported by the University of Virginia, the academy will provide the first-ever permanent […]

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May 23, 2008

Notre Dame Students Donate to Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/3N6r4f) Source: Inside INdiana Business 23 May 2008 A University of Notre Dame student club has raised $35,000 to help build a school in Uganda. ND-8 will provide the funds for the Building Tomorrow organization, which will construct the school to serve 350 children. Two ND-8 members will also work […]

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May 22, 2008

ND Student Group Raises $35,000 To Build Ugandan School

(view original story online at http://bit.ly/1j9FxF) Source: Tribune Staff Report May 22, 2008 SOUTH BEND — University of Notre Dame students involved in ND-8, a student club dedicated to education, advocacy and action on the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals, have raised $35,000 for the Building Tomorrow organization to fund construction of a school […]

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May 21, 2008

Notre Dame Students Raise $35,000 for School in Uganda

(view original story online at http://bit.ly/1tT9Y4) PAUL HORN Source: ND Newswire DATE: MAY 21, 2008 University of Notre Dame students involved in ND-8, a student club dedicated to education, advocacy and action on the United Nationseight Millennium Development Goals, have raised $35,000 for the Building Tomorrow organization to fund the construction of a primary school […]

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May 12, 2008

Summer Vacation: Building a School in Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/jmVXo) Source: Butler University May 12, 2008 There will be a new school in Uganda this fall, thanks to the work a group of Butler students did during the 2007-2008 school year. The Power of Children, a campaign started by the Butler chapter of Ambassadors for Children, has raised more […]

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May 6, 2008

It Takes a Global Village: U.Va. Students Collaborate to Help Fund and Design New Schools in Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/11VRAb) by: Matt Bierce Source: UVA Today May 6, 2008 — “Contagious” is perhaps the best word to describe the excitement surrounding a project to build schools for impoverished rural communities in Uganda through a partnership between the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and its School […]

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April 11, 2008

Students Pedal for a Good Cause

(view original story online at http://bit.ly/IgM4Y) By AMANDA COCHARA Source: Indiana Daily Student APR. 11, 2008 Little 500 riders may have been squeezing in some extra practice Wednesday, but they were not the only ones on bikes. The IU chapter of Building Tomorrow hosted its inaugural event, “No Spandex Required,” where people hopped on stationary […]

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April 9, 2008

Students, faculty to ‘bike to Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/2ONUQ) By JOANNA BARNETT Source: Indiana Daily Student APR. 9, 2008 Racers practicing for the Little 500 won’t be the only ones mounting Schwinn bicycles this week. In addition to the 300 competitors in the Little 500, students and faculty will get the chance to take part in a campus-wide […]

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February 7, 2008

Show to Benefit Building [Tomorrow]

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/6IIMM) By: Elizabeth Kelly The Observer Posted: 2/7/08 Through the partnership between Notre Dame’s Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), the African Student Association and ND-8, Artists for Africa will perform a benefit performance tonight and Friday. This year’s Artists for Africa benefit will showcase student musicians, a cappella groups […]

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October 24, 2007

U.Va. groups design new school for Gita, Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/ucwhY) Fundraising, design efforts culminate in groundbreaking ceremony last week in Gita Prateek Vasireddy, Cavalier Daily Senior Writer Source: The Cavalier Daily October 24, 20080 Last week, the community of Gita, Uganda celebrated the groundbreaking of a new academy largely supported and designed by sources within the University community. The […]

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October 11, 2007

The Big Event returns to UW-River Falls

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/QOIpR) BY ERIC PRINGLE Source: uwrfvoice.com Published October 11, 2007 Don’t forget to wear your earplugs. On Oct. 13, the Wall Amphitheatre on the UW-River Falls campus will resonate with the sounds of wailing guitars, booming drums and soaring vocals as local and national musical acts gather to perform for […]

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October 3, 2007

Building Tomorrow Brings Grassroot Soccer to the College

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/v5FAS) By Gretchen Hannes, DSJ Style Editor Source: DoG Street Journal October 3, 2007 The College chapter of Building Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that supports the schooling of vulnerable children in Uganda, will host a Grassroot Soccer tournament this Sunday, 1-5 p.m. on Barksdale Field. Grassroot Soccer is a charitable […]

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August 31, 2007

Building Tomorrow Student Chapter to Benefit Uganda’s Children

(view original story at http://blogs.du.edu/today/news/building-tomorrow-student-chapter-to-benefit-uganda%E2%80%99s-children) Doug McPherson Source: DU Today August 31, 2007 Laura Mann (BA ’07) isn’t an architect, a real estate developer or even a carpenter — but she plans to build a school in Africa over the next two years. How? By starting a University of Denver chapter of Building Tomorrow (BT), […]

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August 20, 2007

First Metz Grant Recipients Announced

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/44iXOi) Source: Indiana University Foundation Release Date: 08/20/2007 “We really have an awesome thing going here.” That’s how Matt Ewing, assistant director of the Indiana University Student Foundation described the Metz Grant program for IU student organizations. This spring, the first round of Metz Grants were awarded to seven student […]

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April 10, 2007

To Uganda, without moving an inch

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/su0lv) By: Carrie Wellman Source: C-VILLE April 10, 2007 Building Tomorrow hosts a “stationary” event Maybe it was the full moon; maybe it was spring fever. Whatever the reason, people started acting peculiar at UVA April 2, and they kept going throughout the week—kept going and going, actually—without ever really […]

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April 6, 2007

Building Tomorrow Races to Uganda

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/11Mje7) By: Tiffany Bryant, DSJ Staff Report Source: DoG Street Journal April 6, 2007 It’s spring time and you’re feeling more energetic. You want to keep your New Year’s Resolution of getting in shape, or maybe you want to get ready for a summer cross-country cycling trip. Even if these […]

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April 5, 2007

Students help build a brighter tomorrow

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/Q2Svb) BY ONLINE EDITOR Source: uwrfvoice.com Published April 05, 2007 In January, students Katy Leisch, Kasey Barrett, Kate Walbruch, Kate Thompson, Molly Thompson, Nate Dulon and Becky Vandenhoy, along with faculty members Amy Lloyd and Brent Turner, traveled to Kampala, Uganda for two weeks to interact and serve as guest […]

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March 28, 2007

Good Cause

(view original article online at http://bit.ly/2DzcLn) By: Amber Davis (English, Government ’07) Source: A&S Online March 28, 2007 Members of the University of Virginia’s chapter of the national non-profit Building Tomorrow are preparing to lace up their sneakers and flex their leg muscles for the bicycle ride of their lives — without ever leaving Grounds. […]

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March 20, 2007

Building Tomorrow